MOVIE REVIEW: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Lena Headey. Directed by Harald Zwart
OPINION: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the latest young adult, romance- driven, supernatural piece of fiction to be adapted for the cinema.
Penned by Cassandra Clare, City of Bones tells the story of Clary (Lily Collins) who learns that she is a descendant in a line of Shadowhunters, a secret group of warriors dedicated to slaying demons and protecting Earth. After her mother goes missing, Clary must work with other Shadowhunters to find her mum and along the way learns about her family history and its connection to the Mortal Cup, an object of great power in the fantastic world she has been introduced to.
Naturally, like other books and films of the same genre, there is a love triangle. This time, our lead, Clary, is being pursued by Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), a fellow Shadowhunter, and Simon, Clary's best friend. I felt the chemistry was a bit overplayed by all involved and I rolled my eyes more than once, especially when the sprinklers turned on during a rather passionate kiss. I mean, seriously?
The dialogue from each character was rather poor at times, but it was complemented by dry wit and humour from Jamie Campbell Bower, which I found appealing, and some fantastic one- liners from other characters - one with a clever reference to Ghostbusters. Other good aspects of the movie include our two leads.
I loved watching Lily Collins, she is classically beautiful and this shows through on-screen.
Twilight fans will recognise Jamie Campbell Bower who had a small part in the franchise. As Jace, he is perfect with a strong brooding, Goth feel about him, which to some viewers will be irresistible. City of Bones also managed to throw in homages to classic films, not only including Ghostbusters but also Star Wars and Harry Potter.
All in all, this is a fun movie, but it won't be appreciatedby all audiences. It will most satisfy those craving paranormal romance that has been missing since Twilight ended, what Beautiful Creatures failed to do and what I'm sure the upcoming adaptation of Lauren Kate's Fallen will try to do.
Oh, and there is a scene where it snows in a library. That sold the movie to me.
- The Southland Times