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City of Bones (Movie Review)

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So today, I (finally) got to watch The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and I must say, it’s an impressive movie! Earlier this week, I made a book review of City of Bones because it was only then that I finished the first book of the MI series. (Btw, if you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series, I suggest you start off with Infernal Devices, the prequel of it. The series will be a lot better that way, because you can actually understand what’s going on and you’d see the connections from the past and stuff. Don’t worry, the Infernal Devices is already done). With the information of the book still fresh in mind, I was obviously ecstatic to see the film. Here’s my attempt to make a decent review of it:

(SPOILER ALERT!!)

Let’s start with the movie as a whole.

 

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Plot-wise, they didn’t exactly follow the book. Nope, don’t take this as an insult or a sudden bashing to the movie or anything. It’s not. I’m just pointing out the reality that, let’s face and accept it, movie adaptations of novels don’t work that way (as in 100% accuracy) but that doesn’t make it less of a production. The people who worked behind the scenes for this movie inserted a lot of twists and practically made up a whole new timeline but it works. I don’t know how they were able to pull it off, but works.  There were major changes, yes, such as characters uttering out someone else’s line originally from the book, but it worked. The only comment I have is that, for people who haven’t read the book or those who have no idea AT ALL what The Mortal Instruments is about, it’s going to be a challenge to catch up. I guess that’s the only thing I didn’t find quite amusing about the film – it was made in such a way that it seemed the producers assumed that their audience are all fans of TMI or have read the book at least. Some people would see the movie just for the sake of seeing it and I’m sure they wouldn’t catch up in the same pace as the fans would. Certain terms and historical values weren’t presented in the film but the book had it.  Other than that, though, I don’t see anything wrong with it which is why I don’t understand why I found a lot of hate posts over on tumblr. Some (die-hard) fans became a little too technical and too judgmental, claiming that the film is a total disgrace to the book. Hey, take my word, I’ve finished the book days before I watched the movie so obviously the details were still fresh in my mind and I tell you this: if you read the book and you loved it, you’ll like the movie. At least the staff and production team didn’t take out the key events. Really. They didn’t. They were all there. Well, the downside is that some of the key events didn’t have as much emotions as it did in the book, but at least they were there. All in all, City of Bones is a must-see movie especially if you love the book. If you haven’t read it, well, it’s still a good movie to see. Just take my word for it that you might have a bit of a hard time understanding what’s going on.

 

And now, I shall speak about the casting.

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ONE WORD: PERFECTION. Yep. I’m totally gonna sum it up to that. Hands down to Stephanie Corsalini for having such an amazing cast! Admittedly, there were other actors and actresses in mind, but after seeing the movie, the cast gave justice to the characters. I just didn’t imagine Jace to be that… well… somewhat serious though, because his lines are so, well, witty and playful but nonetheless, Jamie Campbell Bower was an AWESOME Jace Wayland. He looks a bit older than how people initially imagined Jace to be but it works. Same goes for Lily Collins as Clary Fray. She doesn’t look like a 15-year-old (Clary is supposed to be 15) but she managed to pull the character off. I guess, at the end of the day, it’s not about looking like the specified age. It’s about bringing justice to a fictional character because these actors turned them into real ones in that 2-hour span.

(PS: formality aside, I have this unhealthy bias for Magnus Bane and Jace Wayland)

 

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If you’re a fan of The Mortal Instruments, make sure to be with someone who’s a fellow fan or, at least, someone who can relate. It’s way more fun that way. I am lucky to have my mentor and my classmate with me today, when I watched the film. We were a crazy bunch, us three, kept on spazzing in our little corner of the theater.

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And this photo collage basically sums up our experience today:

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Lastly, I shall celebrate and end today’s happiness with a new book. Needless to say, it’s City of Ashes. Can’t wait for the next movie!

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