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On Wednesday, my sister and I hit our local movie theatre to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, something that we've both been eagerly anticipating for the past year. The Mortal Instruments series has been a favourite of mine for years now and it was exciting and hella nerve-wracking to finally see it portrayed on the big screen!
The cast for this movie was great. I thought Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins and Robert Sheehan in particular were excellent in their roles and that Aidan Turner (Luke) and CCH Pounder (Madame Dorothea) more than did their characters justice. I would have liked to see more of Alec's soft, vulnerable side and more of Isabelle's fiery, sarcastic side, but I understand that they were working on limited screen time. One character that did disappoint me a little, acting-wise, was Godfrey Gao. I was really excited for him to be Magnus (and I still love him, looks alone!) but I thought his lines lacked emotion.
In terms of the plot, this is where I'm split. On one hand, I liked it a lot from the perspective of someone that has read the book. I had no trouble understanding what was going on but that's obvious -- I mean, I'm clearly familiar with the mythology and the world. Now, if I was going into this movie with zero prior knowledge... I'd probably be confused and held back by the sheer amount of stuff. It's a lot of information to take in and a fine line to juggle when trying to stay true to the books, but I really wish more of the details of the Shadowhunter world had been left out to keep it simple. Never thought I'd say this, but I almost wish the movie had strayed a bit further from the books!
Where the movie did stray, it wasn't difficult to tell why. A lot seemed to be to amp up the drama and I liked the action-filled, exciting atmosphere that ensued. It wasn't all fight scenes and demon kills though. I was glad that the humor that permeates the books was present in the films -- it was definitely needed to lighten the mood at times.
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I was pretty impressed with the CGI/special effects in the movie. Let's just leave it at this: everything that was supposed to be creep me out did. Sign of a successful movie, clearly ;)
To sum it up: I think book fans will be pleased with this movie and how the actors managed to portray their favourite characters. Viewers that are new to the series however may find it hard and a bit tiresome to follow along with the plot and mythology. Personally though? I really, really liked it!