A Fangirl’s Perspective of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ Movie

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Despite being a well-adjusted twenty-something, my list of preferred reading material rests in the teen/young adult genre. #noshame So you'd better believe that The Mortal Instruments book series was on my radar for years. But it wasn't until I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Toronto set that I finally read each of the current five novels cover-to-cover. So it's been about a year since I became a self-professed Shadowhunter. (I know the fandom's existed since 2007, but hey, give me a break.) And now the time has come for the world to see what I only caught a glimpse of on the set (which was nothing short of amazing).

However, as of this moment, the movie's NOT being well-received by critics. Variety boasts that The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a "ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness." Plus there's an onslaught of claims that it's too similar to other big-named franchises. Sorry, but in my opinion, there can be more than one series that includes werewolves & vampires, naive humans and/or potentially incestuous relationships. Just sayin'.

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THE CAST: Jamie Campbell Bower NAILED his performance as Jace in my opinion. While there were many negative comments when his casting was announced, he revealed to me early on that it made him "want to prove to these people that say I can't do this that I really can." And he absolutely smashed it. JCB completely embodied all of the arrogant and vulnerable aspects of the character, both of which are entirely necessary for the audience's understanding. Not saying that Lily Collins or Robert Sheehan or anyone else didn't do their parts for the flick, because they did, but Jamie was perfection. (This is coming from a girl who, like many others, pictured Alex Pettyfer as the male hero.)

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THE LOVE: One particular scene that I need to call out happens right after the epic greenhouse (kissing!) scene where Simon catches Jace and Clary mid-smooch. This was basically verbatim to the banter in the book, and it's beyond appreciated, because you can feel every emotion dripping from the characters, including Jace's clearly-hurt-but-I'll-still-act-like-it's-whatever attitude.

Clary: "We were just kissing."
Jace: "Just kissing? How quickly you dismiss our love."

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THE PLOT: Despite the love triangle, the story focuses on a likable and believable heroine whose life is turned upside down when she finds out that she's not the girl she thought she was. Heck, she's not even human. Instead, she's got a gift like no other — the ability to create runes — and is part of a line of bad-asses meant to protect humanity. So you've got your WTF factor and you've got your action right there. Oh, and *SPOILER* her freaking father is the villain. I understand how the ending may be misconstrued to be eerily alike to that of Star Wars what with Clary and Jace's feelings for one another, and the big reveal from Jonathan Rhys Meyers' character, but if you read the books, then you'd know that it's so NOT like Star Wars in the long run.

Were there parts missing? Absolutely. Simon doesn't change into a rat, Clary doesn't slap Jace after he informs her that there was a chance he could've killed her after applying a rune to her arm (meanwhile, that's when he fell in love with her in the novel), etc. But no film can include everything. Otherwise, it'd be, like, 10 hours long. At the same time, there were some parts that dragged — but I firmly believe it's because there are a lot of elements to explain.

As a stand-alone film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is one of the better fantasy/YA movies of its time, and I will gladly back up my points if anyone chooses to debate about it even further. (You can reach me @KCubes on Twitter, FYI. I wanna know your thoughts!) Now, I'm just waiting for the weekend to see it once again.

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  • tasia

    well honestly that movie sucked ass i realize that the producers would want to add something but seriously bach being a shadow hunter thats a little extreme there was no part of the movie where it stayed true to the book and it strayed very far from it the movie has a completely different plot line. other wise i guess you can at least say that the beggining was good and the special affects looked real

  • Christina

    Honestly, I did not like the movie very much, compared to the books I mean. In the book, everything was so intense, but I just didn’t really feel it during the movie. I honestly did not like JCB playing Jace, I get that he wasn’t supposed to be perfect, but the book described him as perfect to me. Idk, I was imagining a really tall guy with some big muscles lol. But I’m not saying he did a bad job, I just didn’t really like him playing the role of jace.

  • Emilee

    I didn’t particularly like the layout of the movie because they had a spoiler from city of glass. Overall, I liked it and the actors and actresses did amazing.

  • Amy

    I agree it’s a great movie! I came across it randomly and am in love. Currently finishing the fifth book. I can’t believe the movie did not do well and hopefully they will market the second one better. Never heard of it until I came across a Jace meme on Pinterest. I never saw a trailer or ad anywhere (U.S.A).

  • Karen

    Love it i can wait yo see city of ashes



  • Sammi

    Finally someone agrees! I thought Jamie nailed his performance as well. While reading the series, I pretty much imagined a similar character to Jamie for Jace. I thought Jamie’s personality is almost similar to Jace. Jace wasn’t suppose to be perfect! (lots of people wanted Jace casted as a “perfect” leading man). He was supposed to be shattered and scarred from his childhood.

  • Addi

    I am amazed by the movie! Jace is amazing! Ive read all the books i can quote them 2! lol.

  • Hope

    I’ve read all the books, and even though the movie missed some key points i still LOVED it. i saw it 3 times. i cant wait to see if they make city of ashes!

  • Kee

    So I did not LOVE the movie. I did not LOVE the actors. I was Extremely disappointed in the portrayal of Magnus and the Silent Brothers. Of the characters in the book I did not have a immediate reaction once casting was revealed – Simon! With that said, he was my favorite. For me, he embodied the charcter from the book.

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the books and was even more in LOVE with the Infernal Devices triology. So I will see the next installment and hope the visual series grow on me.

  • Jewels

    Loved the movie. Watched it two times but I need to watch it again just to get it out of my system lol
    Perfect cast. I have all the books. Waited 7 years to finally see my favorite characters come to life
    Bring on City Of Ashes

  • Emily

    LOVED THIS MOVIE!! It really was a great adaptation of the books.

  • Liva

    I went to this movie 2 days ago and it literally blew my mind away. I haven’t read the books because I didn’t have the money to buy them but I’ll definitely read all of them now. INCREDIBLE story and movie. Magical. And the cast… I just literally can’t even, this is one of the best casts ever in the movies. Jamie&Lily fit perfectly together acting, I had so many stomach butterflies when I saw all of their scenes. Oh and Jace’s style was so great, I was just staring at him and like ”omg those clothes”. And all the other styles for Clary an Shadow Hunters were soooooooo amazing.

    All I can say is that was a PERFECT movie, my fav at the moment.

    • renae

      i loved d movie nd epecially jace he is so cute i wish i could meet him cnt wait 4 d next movie

  • Annie

    LOOOOOOVE this movie!! It was perfect and will always be my favorite. 😀 Can’t wait for City of Ashes <33

  • Kim Buus

    I saw the movie yesterday OH MY GOD!!!! Its so awesome I HAVE to see it again!! Jace was AHHHH <3 <4 Clary was super awesome AHH!! Best movie all year (So far… CATCHING FIRE BABY!!!)

  • KimBUUS

    The Movie was AMAZING! I loved every bit of it!! I really need to read the books just waiting to get some money to but them hard back but the movie all-in-all AMAZING!!!

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  • Maria

    It was literately perfect, I couldn’t have asked for a better movie !!

  • Anoushka

    i went and saw this in imax and it was amazing! ive actually met Cassandra clare and ive read the books 7 times each (i can quote them!) haha im probably one of the biggest shadowhunters you’ll find! the movie was BEAUTIFUL! they did leave out alot of things and changed the ending so that even if they dont make a sequel it would be fine :) i also didnt agree with the casting of JCB last august but his portrayal of jace was JAW DROPPING! he made me believe he was jace! all the actors were great and the movie was funny! i ship CLACE to the moon and back! ——–>K MAY I JUST SAY THE GREENHOUSE SCENE WAS STEAMY LIKE HE DIDNT KISS HER LIKE A WIMP IT WAS FULL ON! haha i loved it! cant wait for CoA!