Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Review

September 14, 2017     erinthebooknut     Page to Screen


This fucking movie.

This fucking movie makes me want to scream.

This fucking movie makes me wonder what the hell I just watched.

This movie has no clue. If you ask me the writers of this movie didn’t even read the book, they maybe scanned it, but they did not read it. Or maybe they read the first half.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones starts off alright, but takes a quick turn for the weird about a third to halfway through. It’s like they completely disregarded ALL the rules set forth in the world building in this story, about sacred ground and the entire point of the Institutes. By the end of the movie I felt like I had watched two totally different movies, and I was hella confused.

As for casting, I’m not even sure what they were doing with this. Jace was the biggest let down. Here you have a leather wearing bad boy and who do you cast? The skinny little wuss puss from Sweeney Todd, Jamie Campbell Bower. God, why. In no way is this Jace Wayland, smartass extraordinaire! Jace who makes all the fangirls swoon (so I’m told), Jace the Draco Malfoy stand in.

My other casting conniption is with Valentine, and it’s not so much with the casting per se but with the characterization and wardrobe. Why does suave-ass manipulative Valentine look like a hobo pirate? Mr. Smooth, fast talking, a man with a plan to bring down the government looks like he rolled out of a trash can in this movie. Nothing about this is right, nothing about this would make anyone follow him. He couldn’t manipulate his way out of a fast food bag looking like that.

I just… *sigh* this movie makes me so angry,  as its the perfect example of horrible YA adaptation films. On top of everything I’ve already said, this movie gives away a HUGE plot point for later books in the series, which if they were planning on making any more movies would completely ruin any tension of City of Ashes and City of Glass. This plot point is like half the point of reading these later books, that tension is so important, and they completely squander it in a throw away line.

This movie is rage-making. I’d watch it once, just to say you did and maybe for a massive bitch-fest. Other than that, don’t torture yourself into high blood pressure. Just don’t.

How do your feel about this movie? Share your thoughts in the comments.

From my shelf to yours,


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