Earlier this year, Cassandra Clare, the author of the young adult book series, The Mortal Instruments, along with the director of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Harald Zwart, and the film stars Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Mirror, Mirror) and Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga films) were on hand at the San Diego Comic Con for a preview and discussion of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that arrives in theaters nationwide today.
I have not read the source material for this film adaptation, but after having viewed another young adolescent/adult themed film earlier this month, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical as I approached the theater for the screening. Thankfully, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a much better story adapted by Jessica Postigo from Clare’s novel; at least it did keep me more engaged. This is not to say the film is perfect, but after some of the initial scenes, the story did maintain my interest despite that the original content is created for a much younger target audience.
Postigo’s screenplay includes action, adventure, drama and of course, a romantic triangle among the younger set in the film – Clary (Collins), Jace (Bower) and Simon (Robert Sheehan). A couple of the action scenes at the beginning are a bit cheesy, especially when Clary’s mother, Jocelyn (Lena Heady) is fighting off an evil and deadly Pangborn (Kevin Durand). Jocelyn’s use of the frying pan is laughable. The other dud scene is when Clary returns to the house and fights a demon by setting off an explosion in the kitchen while she “safely” hides behind the pantry door. If the story and action had not picked up after those scenes, I just might have considered an exit from the theater as I did have an aisle seat.
I do like actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ interpretation of Valentine, who has his eyes set on the fancy cup so he can do what he wants to the civilization. Clary has a good come back line for lead evil-doer who has a wicked way of showing fatherly-love. While I do remember Meyers from Albert Nobbs and From Paris with Love, he is much more memorable as this villain.
For mothers considering taking their ‘tween daughters to the theater for this PG rated film, think twice since there is some sexuality and of course violence among the warriors and demons. Consider a matinee maybe if taking minors, but otherwise I do not think adults familiar with the books will be paying the full price for this feature film. For those who do, enjoy!
Source: Screen Gems