The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013, PG13)
Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Robert Sheehan,
Lena Heady, Jared Harris, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
For once in my life, I'm thrilled that I didn't read a book before seeing its movie counterpart! I've heard nothing but negativity about the Mortal Instruments series from various people, even my sister, who only made it halfway through the first book before giving up in disgust over its unnecessary length. I had great aspirations to see the movie in theaters, but, well, school intervened and before I knew it, it was on its way out and I had to wait for the DVD.
It's glorious when you have literally no expectations for a film and almost no knowledge about it apart from knowing the Shadow Hunters are part angel, so Nephilim. Because I had no expectations, I really enjoyed City of Bones. Oh, I know that it's nothing long-lasting, but sometimes I want pure entertainment and City of Bones delivered that. It helps that I love Lily Collins, and found her absolutely delightful as Clary, a character I probably wouldn't like otherwise. I also discovered, to my shock, that I don't mind Aidan Turner as Luke. It's only as Kili that I don't like him!
I've already picked who I want Clary to end up with, but I know she won't because the series is complete and, well, she has to end up with Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) because he's the "tormented one." Simon (Robert Sheehan) would be my choice for her, hands down, because he's not nearly so tortured, but I also suspect that he might be a vampire now. I'll have to wait and see. I don't like Jace much at all, honestly. Too much angst, too much anger, plus he's got his little buddy Alec (Kevin Zegers) who likes him a little too much. It was also weird seeing Kevin Zegers in something outside of Titanic: Blood and Steel. And acting a little gay. Not effeminate, just . . . a little tortured in his fondness for Jace, and what's strange is that I actually like his character a great deal. Alec's one of the few characters with any sense regarding Clary. The best moments are, of course, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers being an absolute jackass as Valentine! He had plenty of practice in jackassness on The Tudors.
I didn't care for the nightclub scene at the beginning, or for Clary's deception towards her mom, or the somewhat tight clothes they stick Clary in for some scenes, but we don't linger there for very long, heading into the meat of the story pretty quickly. My sister was impressed that they'd condensed the half of the book she'd read into an hour's screen time. I have no clue whether it's faithful to the book or not, and frankly, I don't care because I never plan to read the books. From what I can tell in my quick foray into this world, it's very similar to every other fantasy/supernatural series for teens/tweens out there, especially Harry Potter. In a way, it is a ripoff, but it's still fun, still crammed with actors I like, and I'll still see the 2nd film.
SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER!
Yes, there's the plotline that Jace and Clary might be siblings. No, they're not related. I know this because that's one of the plot points that had Caitlin balking at finishing the series so she did her research and discovered that it's a lie perpetrated by Valentine, the little sneak!