Starring: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror), Jamies Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers (TV’s ‘Gossip Girl’), Jemima West, Robert Sheehan (Season of the Witch), Robert Malliet (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Kevin Durand (Resident Evil: Retribution), Lena Heady (TV’s ‘Game of Thrones’), Harry Van Gorkum (The Pink Panther 2), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (TV’s ‘Tudors’), Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Through a series of events, Clary finds herself falling head first into a world of vampires, werewolves, witches, and other creatures. She learns all about the world, while trying to find out what and why her mom was hiding her from the world.
This is the latest Young Adult novel series to be adapted to the big screen, and unlike it’s preceding movies, it’s not getting the attention and the praise that The Hunger Games, Twilight, and the Harry Potter series did. While it didn’t have the same box office as those movies did, it still did come out as a good movie adaptation.
The movie is kind of combination of Twilight and the Harry Potter series but the story is for more intriguing then Twilight and more realistic then Harry Potter. It’s a very complex story and the first book is a little slow because it has to set the ground work for the rest of the series.
With that into consideration, I think that this is one of the better adaptations. I went into this movie trying to be objective, which was surprisingly easy.
In regards to the two leads, Clary (Collins) and Jace (Bower) I have mixed feelings for them. There are times when they shine as the characters but then there are times when I don't like them.
Clary is a very complex character who has all these abilities but doesn’t even know that she has them. Collins surprised me some with the emotional scenes with the character but it was the action sequences that didn’t work for me. She looked confident and in the book, Clary doesn’t really know the power she has.
For Bower’s Jace, there were a bit more complaints from me. Jace is a very confident, self-involved person, which is something that the movie lacked. There were times where he made comments that showed that (comments that were lines in the book) but he didn’t really act like he was. In the book, you don’t really see his feelings for Clary until the garden scene, while throughout the movie you already get a sense that he likes her.
And I try not to let appearances effect my opinion, but I can’t help it in this case. Reading the story, I had always pictured Jace to be a little bit bigger and have more muscles. It is strange because I picture Alec smaller to and he was the bigger one. I think that there were times that Jace looked a little sickly and too thin to be a Shadow hunter. They are supposed to be strong and agile and he just didn’t look strong to me.
My favorite two characters in the movie were Robert Sheehan and Jemima West as Simon and Isabelle respectively. These two characters are my favorite in the book so I had higher expectations for the movie. And they didn’t disappoint. Simon provided the comic relief for the movie and he had that lovable, caring friend that he is in the book.
Isabelle was perfect as the girl who kicks ass. She doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do or say. She fought with everything that she had. The relationship between her and Simon begins to develop in this movie but it wasn’t forced like it could have been.
Of course with every adaptation there are negatives. One thing that really bothered me was Jace’s relationship with the rest of the house. Alec (Zegers) and Isabelle (West) are his best friends and has essentially grown up with them, but he only converses with them maybe 10 minutes of the whole film. I wish they would have more time together because that way you can really get the feel that they are close. Unfortunately, most of Jace’s time was spent with Clary and just felt like they were trying to put to much effort into promoting that relationship.
Another thing was the way that Alec was portrayed. In the book, he is distant from Clary and always gives her attitude, but she doesn’t figure out what that is right away. In the movie after only speaking two lines to him did she conclude that Alec like Jace. I would think that it would take more then that for her to figure it out. Also, Alec was hardly in the movie. I know that he is a minor character but he should have had more time to make his presence known, because he does play a bigger part later on in the series.
Overall, the movie was a very entertaining adaptation to watch. The Mortal Instruments is a very epic story and this movie certainly set the groundwork for the next 5 books to be adapted (that is assuming that they do). It has a lot of cool graphics and the fight scene between Valentine (Meyers) and Jace was amazing and I’m excited to see how the fighting improves with the next movies. It is a thrill ride that will have you excited and rooting for the good guys during the fights. The surprise twist at the end of the movie will have you thinking and talking about what’s going to happen next (though it’s only a surprise if you haven’t read the books).
If you are a fan of the book, then you will be a fan of the movie. When going to watch the movie, keep an open mind and try and watch the movie objectively. The experienced actors help add depth to the movie which will hopefully help the movie improve as the series progresses.