THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS : CITY OF BONES (2013) : REVIEW

August 29, 2013

"Everything you've heard... about monsters, about nightmares, legends whispered around campfires. All the stories are true."
Hollywood still is making adaptations from popular YA books and many were and still are optimistic to fill in the spots that both Harry Potter and Twilight had left vacant. Directed by Harald Zwart, this movie is an adaptation from the first (out of six) book of the recent-popular YA supernatural series of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I haven't read the book, but I was kinda excited to watch it because I heard that the books are interesting, but so much of an expectation, even the lowest one didn't paid off.

Clary (Lily Collins) is just a typical Brooklyn teenager with a (friendzoned) bestfriend named Simon (Robert Sheehan). That, until she begins to draw & see strange symbol everywhere. It takes a toll on her curiosity and of course, it isn't just a random symbol; it sure has a meaning. After witnessing a slaughter in a club committed by an invisible goth guy named Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) and an unfortunate event resulting to the dissaperance of her mother, Jocelyn (Lena Headey), she begins her quest on searching her missing mother and later starts to discover hidden truths behind herself and her mom, that they both (and Jace) are shadowhunters; half angel-half human whose duty is to kill demons in order to protect the mortal world. Clary quickly learns that her mom is captivated by a rebelled shadowhunter named Valentine (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who's after a magical cup which happens to be in her mom possession. With the help of Jace, Simon and two other shadowhunters, Clary begins her search in memory lane to find the location of the cup that'll lead her to her mom.

The story literally hit the ground in the beginning; everything was rushed and quickly fell apart in the half-quarter that led to a big maze of confusion of storylines and weakened plot & pace and was filled with too-long action flicks and shallow purposes. We didn' get the time to get to know the faces and later on, didn't actually get the chance to see any background stories nor necessary character developments; it was like everyone just popped out of nowhere and started running. The special effects didn't really help though it really upstaged Twilight with darker scenes & more action-packed scenes. The directing was bad in every turns; this movie was literally shot in bad angles and more than often the actors were doing the 'blocking' thing. Not to mention, the twist presented in the third quarter was as corny as it could be, leading us to an awkward ending that wasn't really categorized as a cliff-hanger nor resolution.

Think of this movie as the mix of Harry Potter's magical world, Twilight's cheesy love triangle, The Host's supernatural abilities, I Am Number Four's actions and Beautiful Creatures' beauty; everything just seemed to be all over the place and I simply positioned myself in Clary's shoes when she was saying "This is really confusing." What was the purpose of the cup? How could it be so damaging and precious at the same time? Why was everybody running? And from what? It was all clouded with the description-less appearances of vampires, werewolves, warlocks and so-called-mundanes. Another thing, the entire 130 minutes were filled with the cheesiest old-times-sake formulas I haven't seen in the last few years; fall and almost kiss, kissing in the rain, battling vampires with the badaboom rock backsound, and the most outrageous I-just-got-up-but-I-look-like-I-was-just-leaving-from-the-hippest-salon-in-town. CUT THE CRAP.

The cast delivered nothing but gorgeous top-to-toe looks, fully tattoo-ed bods with thick British accent. I am not wasting my time by reviewing them one by one or even few of them; NO. No one actually shone throughout the movie and it's enough reason not to say much about them. As for the on-screen chemistry; not believable, nearly bland. It was like everybody was just 'being there'.

Finally said, this movie definitely classified as 'better than Twilight' but unfortunately, it didn't deserve any good ratings. But from all the lackings, it was still an enjoyable movie. But please, RENTAL.


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