I didn’t pay much attention to Mortal Instruments: City of Bones when I first heard about the film. I must admit I thought <yawn> another Twilight Teen YA Flick that would be full of good looking people who couldn’t act. But after I got the chance to interview some of the cast and the director at the Hollywood Premier my curiosity was piqued. Talking with them about the film and the energy, chemistry between the cast and well they just seem like such good people I thought I’d give it a chance to impress a geekette like myself. So I dragged my fellow science fiction fan friend to the theatre to get ‘dueling’ reviews. Kristen and I saw the film and afterwards briefly discussed first opinions that I wanted to share with all of you to decide rather it’s worth at $15 ticket at the movie cinema. Here’s a link to Kristens Movie Review on Scifi Maven Blog and a link to my review on YouTube.
I thought it was OK with a solid cast, an OK storyline and very prettily filmed. Now if you’re like me and had never read the books and just saw the commercials you may have dismissed it as just another teen fluff movie with monsters and unrequited love (lots of smoldering looks, maybe few smooches but OK for tweens) ala another Twilight ripoff. Instead it’s got a lot more edge than expected with touching on homosexuality, friendships, love, mom issues, becoming independent and figuring out your path with a feminist independent stance that’s appealing. It just isn’t a great movie. It’s an OK movie that’s fine but it just seemed to be a little long for me with scenes that look like they are straight from the book and storylines that just fell away in the film (I suspect it’s to build suspense for the sequel but they just abruptly would move onto the next scene in a flash). I think that the film would have greatly been approved with major editing to make it tighter and quicken the pace since there were moments that were a bit boring and didn’t move the story along (I’m sure superfans loved scenes from the book come to life but casual fans .. not so much).
I did really enjoy the supporting cast starting with Godfrey Gao. Every time he appeared on the screen was just mesmerizing NOT because he’s gorgeous .. oh wait it’s because he’s gorgeous with brown eyes I could drown in and after my interview on the red carpet I’m his number one fan! Godfrey makes it worth the price of admission in my book!
I recommend the movie for those going through Twilight withdrawal and casual fans of the genre. It’s a film that will keep you entertained with a beautiful cast that has a little slow pacing but has some interesting twists.
Director: Harald Zwart – Cast: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Aidan Turner