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.”

Oblivion Review Rant

I was uber excited for this movie. I had been waiting for months, so I was determined to catch it opening day. “Tom Cruise in an action movie?! Finally!” (Other than MI) “Tom Cruise kills action. It’s definitely going to be good.” Needless to say, I was SO wrong. The trailer is so misleading. The movie just goes in the dumbest directions. It’s like the stupidest combination of stories. There is SO much crappy dialogue and HORRIBLE character development throughout the film. It would have worked much better as a television show storyline-wise. Then there were some scenes which were just plain stupid which I’m not going to spoil here, but you’ll know if you dare to watch it. Also, they were playing some awesome epic music when the movie started, and I loved it. But there was epic music playing in like every other scene too… Taking a note from one of my favourite quotes (from the Incredibles), “When everyone’s super, no one is.” — When every scene has epic music, nothing stands out as epic. :/ Idk how to put it better. It’s pretty simple though. I think there was more stuff that bugged me. But that’s it from the top of my head right now. It’s definitely a movie you can skip this season, and I was really expecting it to be one of my favourites of the summer.

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Safe House Review

Definitely Played the House Safe…

“Denzel and Ryan in an action flick? I have to see this!” That was my initial reaction seeing the first poster release of the movie. The motion picture, Safe House, directed by Daniel Espinosa, introduces a CIA based plotline in a renewed perspective.

So, what exactly is the film about? CIA agent, Matt Weston, is appointed the duty of manning a safe house. CIA’s most wanted rogue agent, Tobin Frost, is captured and brought to the safe house. When the safe house is attacked, he goes on the run trying to keep possession of the fugitive, trying to keep under the radar while relocating to another safe house.

Personally, I have always been a huge fan of Denzel Washington, and more recently, Ryan Reynolds. The film brought together two A-list actors who performed as expected in the movie, with fantastic and believable acting. It was relatively obvious that the portrayal of the characters was going to be respectable with these actors cast as the leads. The characters were unique and different which is what supported the storyline. Had the characters not held their own, everything would have fallen apart. Despire the originality and portrayal, vast improvements could have been made with the actual development of the characters. Although the events that occurred were not entirely predictable, the flow of the characters’ personalities remained quite consistent, so we didn’t get to see too much into who they were, and the relationship formed between the two leads was the most predictable thing in the movie. Even through this, knowing only basic details about the characters, every emotional scene seemed to touch me. This just refers back to what strong actors were used in the roles.

Corruption of government based films usually make for quite interesting stories. My main thought going into the movie was, “I wonder if this is going to have a somewhat innovative storyline.” Having so many intelligence services and government related movies, you would think that it would be a typical and predictable story. They worked around the obstacle and managed to form something new, and it surprised me.

Without approaching the overall storyline, I thought that there were several well-written individual lines within the scripting.

I feel that although the story was satisfying due to the fact that it was fresh, it could have made a real mark had it taken more risks. The action sequences, which were executed quite well, felt limited. The story could have built up more. There was only one real story going on, with no real subplots (other than a short romance with Weston).

I believe the storyline was kept so limited because they were trying too hard to play it safe so that they could make a movie which would be classified as good. In my opinion, I think the film’s creators should have gone for it and tried to make it the movie that it could hypothetically be, and have the possibility of being able to have made an epic film, as opposed to having made a good one which is barely producing any sort of discussion, even by those who have seen it.

In order to make a more successful film of the genre, Espinosa should probably consider consulting a veteran like, Doug Liman, director of—The Bourne Identity, Fair Game, Mr & Mrs Smith, and Jumper—next time around. As Frost says in the movie, “You’ve done a fine job son. We’ll take it from here.”

The movie is recommended to any fans of the actors, and prescribed to anyone who is simply looking to kill time with a decent film. It’s a film which isn’t too long. Nobody likes a film which is unnecessarily prolonged. Time’s a-wasting. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock…”

Despite having the element of surprise in the story, nothing felt very significant. Saying this, I believe the movie had the potential to be quite amazing had there been a little bit more work put into the actual scripting, as well as plot and character development. My rating for this film would be a solid 6 out of10.