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DVD review: Mortal Instruments:City of Bones (2013): Fantasy meets romance!

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Mortal Instruments: City of Bones


The young adult genre has become one of the more successful commodities in film making. Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, and the Hunger Games have all had a great level of success. But for each of them they have been far too many films that have unsuccessfully attempted to be the “next” of each them. From Beautiful Creatures, To The Host, to Warm Bodies, each are trying to be the next by applying the formula to various genre without much success. The latest to try it, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, recently debuted on home video.
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is an intense, creative endeavor that implements one of the more imaginative perspectives on coming of age story as it creatively conjoins it with a number of various aspects from the world of fantasy. “Instruments” is a story that combines a nearly every element and character of make-believe to bring forth a very unique twist on the never ending battle of the good and evil. The movie stars Lily Collins (Priest), Jamie Campbell Bower (Anonymous), Lena Headly (Dredd), Jonathan Rhys-Myers (6 Souls), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), and Kevin Durand (Real Steel).
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the first film to be based on the series of books by Cassandra Clare that was released in 2007. The other books are
“The Infernal Devices” and “City of Ashes.” City of Bones is not a direct adaptation like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. “Bones” uses the books more as a basis as an inspiration for the film. The film manages to utilize nearly every character from the tales of the world of fantasy and magic. The characters that occupy the Mortal Instruments universe are the Mundanes (humans), Shadow Hunters (half human/half Angel), Vampires, Witches, Demons, Werewolves, Warlocks, and Demons all find their way into this.
The movie has good action that engrosses the audience and creates a good level of intensity within in its early opening moments. This is one of the few of these types of movies that actually find a balance in the love story aspect of these teen love stories. Unlike the other teen focused films like this, Mortal Instruments doesn’t make the film strictly about the teen focused romance. It does an excellent job at focusing on all aspects of the story which makes it far more appealing to those beyond its initial target audience.
Just like all the other films within the Twilight mold, this one features the usual love triangle really detracts from the entertainment value of the movie. This one, however, adds an odd twist to the usual love triangle and makes it more of a love quartet and not the traditional emotional traffic jam. It makes it between four individuals and one even a same sex fixation.
The acting is first rate. Jonathan Rhys Myers is a very good villain a Valentine. Even with his limited screen time, he makes a profound effect on the film. He clearly gives one of the best performances in a well-acted movie. The young stars, Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower do well to hold their own in their respective roles.
The long withstanding effects of the incomprehensible Twilight Saga have reverberated throughout movie making. There are so many movies that are trying to steal some of its success. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, however, is the first of these twilight-esque films to be good. This movie far exceeded my expectations for the film. It’s a good watch that grabs hold of you from its opening moments. The characters and the action are on point. It’s not some sappy love story that only makes since to teenagers and twenty year olds. This film is a creative endeavor that merges all of the elements of fantasy and makes sense.


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