Considering this blog’s content is becoming a series of mushy TV films and occasional book review, lest this space falls into a puddle of reading all that’s “darling,” it might be time to shake things up a bit. This brings me to our film review of the day, The Mortal Instruments.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) Film Review
Clary (Lily Collins) is an ordinary girl living with her mother in New York. Or so she thinks. Her artistic abilities intensify and her mother (Lena Headey), terrified she’ll remember something, puts a cap on Clary’s memories. This she does to put off, against the advice of her friend, telling Clary the truth of her birthright. Everything changes when Clary, along with best friend, Simon (Robert Sheehan), sneak into a club and she witnesses a murder by three young people covered in markings. Furthermore, it would seem she’s the only one who can see this. This makes Clary desperate to know the truth; why does she see what no one else can?
When someone kidnaps her mother, she is forced to team up with the murderer who’s name name is Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower). Jace is a Shadowhunter, a person committed to saving the world from daemons. Clary suddenly seems to be on this same path when she gets “the sight,” but at what cost is her embracing of her newly found powers going to demand? And what does her mother’s disappearance have to do with a past Clary cannot remember?‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ (2013) #FWarchives #Movies Click To Tweet
One of the biggest trends at the box office is to adapt popular novels – particularly in the YA genre. Some work, others don’t. With this young adult novel, there’s mixed results. This is kind of a dark, depraved world that while, full of great imagery, seems to focus on the bad rather than the good. Overlooking all of the themes that go against what Christianity, this film is in its own way, exceptional. There’s a lot of creative thinking going into its production and sometimes it’s hard to fault something for being “different”; sometimes it’s the unusual that’s most interesting. That is certainly the mold of this adaptation. Prior to the film’s release, its buzz inspired me to purchase the book, but all I did was page through; and I don’t regret not reading the book. From what I understand, the themes here pale in comparison to the novel themes.
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Some of the things that are interesting is the creative vision behind bringing the story to life. The making-of feature has author, Cassandra Clare who seems a genuine advocate of the filmmaking vision of her story. First off, the characters are intricate with not just some cool character traits but also a cool “look.” Everyone has their own style, but remains dark and brooding, while some seem more relatable. Where the Shadowhunters prove the former, Clary and Simon are the center. They’re the two people the viewers could relate to; particularly Simon whom I absolutely love. His character is a big reason this film works as well as it does, because he lends much needed realism to the overview.
A flop at the box office did push back production on the sequel and while there’s things I like about this production, it’s hard to understand purely from a cinematic standpoint why this one was so… “blah.” It’s got nearly everything there needs to be to be a balm to even the most ardent fangirl’s heart. But then, perhaps that’s why it was such a disappointment – there can be danger in too much mayhem, and if there is one thing this film does well, it’s mayhem.
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Content: the PG13 material includes demons and a “sacred” cup that transforms people into the half-human/half-angel supernatural. There is plenty of violence and scenes of frightening creatures that transform from their human form into werewolves, or other creatures of the night. Vampires play a role as do warlocks. There is some inference of homosexuality; Clary and Jace kiss, nad leater learn they’re siblings. There are some additional innuendoes. Profanity includes, h*ll, da*n, etc.