The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review

512 pages. This is a large book. It is one of the books where you can see a crease down the middle of the paperback book because it splits in two when you reach near that part because it’s so big. Not only is it really thick, it is also a really good book.

I’m thinking back now to a couple of weeks ago when I tweeted: “I will surprised if the #TMI movie is good, but I’ll still be disappointed when (if) it’s not.”

It’s evident that my expectations for the movie were pretty darn low.

Let me start with discussing the cast.

Lily Collins is so pretty. I thought she was beautiful before the movie and was ecstatic when I found out she got the part of Clary. She completely fit the dime in my opinion. Her hair was a little darker than the “carrot colour” I expected having read the book, but I liked how it looked. The earliest I remember seeing Lily Collins in a movie was back in 2009, in the Blind Side. I haven’t seen Stuck In Love yet, but I really want to. She did well in the few parts she had in Priest.

I even watched that stupid movie that came out, Mirror Mirror, just for her. Needless to say I thought it was garbage and that it made every actor look worse than they are. I was even more disappointed that Tarsem Singh was the one who directed Mirror Mirror, because I expect good movies from him. But back to the Mortal Instruments… she proved that she has lots of potential as an actress. She seems natural, although I did feel that there was a little bit of excessive tearing up. Still, she was pretty great.
On to Alec and Isabelle… Kevin Zegers English accent was convincing alongside Jamie’s, so well done to him. Also, he’s Canadian, which is awesome. He was good at acting like a jerk. Isabelle was not quite what I expected. Jemima West pulled her off well though. I liked her less in the book than I did in the movie. Still, what’s important is that in the movie she was portrayed as the badass butt kicker she was in the book. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on understanding Clary’s emotions, despite the movie not having the same first-person advantage of Clary discussing her feelings with the receiver.

Last, and most definitely not the least, Jamie Campbell Bower. I did not at all expect to like him as Jace. When he was cast, I was completely against it. He was the only actor/actress cast that I actually had an issue with. It had nothing to do with his acting abilities. He’s just not how I initially pictured Jace. In the book, I always pictured Jace to have a much more jutting bone structure, as opposed to Jamie’s smooth angular face. There wasn’t much more to it. Jamie’s appearance is just softer than how I imagined Wayland. That being said, Jamie embodied the character magnificently.

He had fantastic line delivery, and was a pro at playing vain. In one of his comic-con interviews he said, “Yeah, I played him as a sassy bitch.” He also portrayed Jace’s inner character really well. Someone who is extremely knowledgeable about what they do (being a shadowhunter), and seems fairly graceful most of the time, but he does screw up and the whiny and unaware child within still appears every so often.

More characters: Luke, Simon, and Jocelyn had great fits casted. Robert and Aidan were perfect. Magnus was not quite what I expected. I can’t remember exactly how he was described in the book, but I always pictured him as Michael Sheen. Hodge wasn’t quite how I pictured him either. I thought of him as shorter and wider (not fat exactly). Valentine was not at all how I imagined him to be, but I really enjoyed the interpretation. I also loved Jonathan Rhys Meyers, so I’m a little biased to the casting choice. The whole time I was watching him, I was just waiting for someone to be like, “The eff is up with your hair brah?” It was an awesome look, hahahah.

I do wish that the movie had enough time to make you love Luke as much as you did in the book.

This was the most magical movie I have seen in a long time. It gave me the feeling that reminds me of my love for movies.

I didn’t like how they inserted all of the random clips of Valentine when Hodge was talking about him. It was unnecessary. They didn’t exactly help to understand the character nor piece things together.

The settings were beautiful. The halls within their institute, as well as the rooftop were almost exactly how I pictured them. The roof was a bit more beautiful though.

The soundtrack was all marvelous. I of course, being a huge Demi fan, loved her song the most. The scene at which it played was absolutely perfect and it created for a very enchanting atmosphere. Almost is Never Enough was a great collaboration too.

I expect that the movie will be appreciated more by those who read the books though. I felt emotionally connected through a lot of it, but that’s just because you already understand the depth of the characters and you can’t take that away even if you haven’t seen it in the movie, because you already know so much from the book. I enjoyed it a lot and most critics didn’t like it. The movie was an enhancement to the book for me. I mean, the parts I didn’t like, screw it. But the fact that so many things were brought to life the way I pictured them was impressive and also very enjoyable from my end. Many critics may not have liked the story, but the thing is, they had to chop down a ton. I have learned that every page of screenplay amounts to approximately 1 minute of screen time. 1 page of screenplay would generally be much longer than 1 page of the book. Therefore, they’re missing a LOT. That being said, the parts chosen for the movie made sense and were a job well done.

It’s worth a watch. Don’t listen to the bad reviews, only listen to this one and “have a little faith.”

The trailer had nothing on the movie. It didn’t sell it at all.

The effects and visuals all looked good. I’m glad the movie wasn’t unnecessarily in 3D. It might also be that technology is just getting so good now because it has been a while since I’ve seen a movie with crappy effects. The costuming was great. It fit the descriptions in the book and looked cool. In fact, I want to dress up as a shadowhunter for Halloween now.

I’m also crazy sick of hearing every fantasy movie based off of a book that’s made be related to the “Twilight franchise” and the articles that ask whether it will be as successful. Honestly, it’s not even relevant. Not even mentioning the fact that City of Bones was much more well written (oh wait, I guess I did mention it), Twilight was nowhere nearly as well made. It may have had success, but it wasn’t good. I don’t know how much it means that so much “success” for that movie also comes due to haters hating on how bad it was.

I should stop bashing now though because I actually liked the Twilight books. Haha. Still, the two are not relevant.”

I will stop here, ending with a quote from the movie that I really liked. I can’t recall if it was in the book or not. “The world’s the same. You’re the one who’s different.”

Bring Me To Life

I thought up of this game that I believe has the potential to be fun and interesting, even insightful.

It’s called, well you know what it’s called because of the title. No, it’s not called “well you know what it’s called because of the title”. It is called, “Bring Me To Life.”

The whole idea behind this is the deep understanding we think we have (whether we do or not) of characters we see, read, and hear (or hear of).
On a level of personal experience, I have often first thought of a fictional character before an actual existing person when given a description of someone.
This game is all about who (specifically fictional characters) you think of, given different characteristic(s).

Instructions:
I will put down a list of titles, such as “lawyer”. Using the title (or adjective) given, the player lists down the first fictional character that comes to mind.

Example: For lawyer, an answer could be “Saul Goodman” or “Harvey Specter”.

Please don’t be afraid to post comments. You can post as a guest and I promise you that I’m unable to see your email and so is everyone else who visits the page. You won’t receive spam either.

If you would like to post the game to your blog, let me know and I’ll tag you in my post.

In a few days, I’ll post my choices too. If you have any other interesting character recommendations, please let me know those as well.

Anyways, here’s the list. Please participate.

Fill in the blank.
The first name that comes into my head when I think of … is ______.

1. lawyer
2. doctor
3. businessman
4. officer
5. selfless
6. selfish
7. badass
8. aggressive, but loser
9. crazy
10. vulnerable or wimpy
11. creep
12. frightening but hot
13. conflicted
14. innocent
15. forever mysterious

If people play, maybe I’ll do another list. But this is it for now. Please post where the characters are from alongside their names.

Endnote: The title of this game is taken from an Evanescence song. I recommend it. It’s awesome!

5 Things Game

5 things I have a passion for:

Writing – I realize this one’s a little bit hard to believe because I don’t blog nearly enough, but doI love to write Although, the material is mostly for myself at the moment.

Planning Events – I’m not the best person at staying on top of things like cleaning for just the sake of keeping clean. But when it comes to planning some sort of event, I’m all over it! Especially on Halloween!

Watching movies/TV shows: Yes, it’s a passion. I get fulfillment out of watching everything.

Family: What would I do without them? I don’t have that many close friends, so I rely on my family for pretty much everything and I would do anything for them.

Listening to music: It keeps me sane.

5 things I would like to do before i die:

–> Make a movie
–> Have a novel published
–> Adopt a child
–> See the aurora borealis
–> Have a career which I’m happy with. (Preferably one where I can travel. )

5 things I say a lot:

“Live in the moment.”
The f word in various statements.
“That’s cute”/”so cute!”
“I want ice cream.”
“MOVIE!”

5 books/magazines I have read recently:

Cineplex magazine
Beautiful Creatures
Film Art textbook
History of Astronomy textbook
Sociology textbook (it went over my head though)

5 favourite movies: (only 5?!)

Gladiator
The Lion King
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Prestige
Titanic

5 Places I would love to travel:

Italy: –> Rome’s architecture
–> to travel by boat in venice.

Greece: –> for the mythology

Japan: –> a childhood dream (I used to be obsessed with anime and wanted to be able to be a professional manga artist.)

Ireland: –> it looks BEAUTIFUL. So I want to go mostly for the nature.
–>The accent is great too.
–> Maybe I can find a leprechaun!

Singapore: –> I still don’t understand what Jack Sparrow’s talking about in Pirates of the Caribbean when he says, “Clearly you’ve never been to singapore.”