Tuesday, 30 June 2015

City of Bones (Movie Review)

Hello wonderful people :3

Today I’m going to talk about a book to film adaption. The film in question is City of Bones, and it’s based on a book series I LOVE of the same name. The movie kind of fell short. It’s rated 12 and was made in 2013.

The movie plot is as follows. Clary’s mother disappears from home and Clary needs to know where she went. And, around the same time she sees some teenagers stabbing a creature in a club. The catch is no one else can see these people. Clary digs deeper and deeper to find who has taken her mother and who these mysterious teenagers are, and why only she can see them. Her best friend Simon helps her out, and she will discover some things about herself that she never knew before.

Although it did kind of stick to the books, the whole film didn’t really work out well. It was okay, because had the slightly comical feel to it, like Percy Jackson, even though that did stray from the books. I found it hard to take most of the characters seriously. I think this might be because of my main problem with the book, and that was the casting.

I think Lily Collins was perfectly chosen. Apart from ginger hair as a difference she looks exactly as how I would’ve imagined Clary to be. She also acts exactly like her and did generally well in her role. Robert Sheehan was awesome as Simon, geeky and loyal as expected. What I didn’t like about the casting was Jamie Campbell Bower who had to play Jace.

First they offered the role to Alex Pettyfer and I wish he had accepted it. Jamie’s acting got better as the movie progressed, but it felt too stoic for me. He was so expressionless and it made everything seem a whole lot less realistic, ruining the imagery. It’s not the Jace I pictured at all.

What I also enjoyed about the movie were the effects that made the monsters. They were cool and looked how I expected them. Also, the runes ^.^

The film was directed by Harald Zwart, who is Dutch. He also directed films like Karate Kid and The Pink Panther 2. The movie runs for about 125 minutes and I would rate it 2 stars.


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Olivia-Savannah x

34 comments:

  1. I really tried to watch this movie but couldn't finish it. I really wanted to love it but oh, well :p At least they're making a tv show out of it. Hopefully that will be better than the movie!

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    1. Ah, a shame you couldn't like it. I understand! I am hoping the television show would be an improvement as well...

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  2. I kind of liked this movie! And a good review :-)

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    1. It's good that you could enjoy it ^.^

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  3. I haven't seen the movie but if you didn't like it I don't think I ever will. Didn't like the book, though. I got the whole series but I only read the first one and stopped. I maybe had a dystopian overload from reading so many of them in the same year, will give it another try. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Oh, I loved the books DD: There is a telly show coming out, so maybe you will like that more than the film? I am hoping for that to be my case too.

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  4. *NODS HEAD* YYESSS Olivia! You are absolutely correct! I thought I was the only one that couldn't connect with the guy playing Jace in the movie. It didn't feel real and felt more like he was forcing himself to act. Plus, the way I pictured Jace in my head while reading is NOT how he looks in the movie. (I DID buy the movie though so... hehe)

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    1. SO glad to find someone who agrees with me! I felt like that and the changes were the main reasons I couldn't like it. I just couldn't get his acting :/ I thought I was alone in that opinion.

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  5. Unlike you, I was completely sold on Jamie from the get go. :) But hey, you still enjoyed the movie, so that's good, right? :D

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    1. I am glad his character was for someone! I enjoyed it well enough, though I am still hoping I can love the show more. I am glad you were able to like it though :)

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  6. I think that's why books are better most of the time. By the time they change it around, it doesn't look like the author's original work.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Yeah, there are only very few occasions where I prefer the movie more than the book.

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  7. I liked parts of it, but my husband who hasn't read thought that things were left out that should have been better explained.

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    1. I think it really is one where you needed to have read the book first for full understanding.

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  8. I tried.... really tried to watch this film but it just wasn't very good, so I turned it off very quickly.

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  9. I had a feeling this wasn't going to translate well...sometimes the book really is better

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    1. I had some hopes, as I do for the television show. But the book was better.

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  10. Thank you! I thought that I was the only one that had reservations about Jamie playing Jace. There's just something about him that I don't like and I can't put my finger on it. He was wrong for the character. I'm still not happy about the outcome of the film but I'm looking forward to the T.V. Series coming soon. Nice review!

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    1. I can denfinitely relate to everything you are saying here! The television show sounds promising. Next year can't come too soon :3

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  11. I agree, I couldn't take some of the characters seriously. But I enjoyed it overall.

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    1. It's good that in general you liked it.

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  12. I saw it at the cinema with a friend obsessed with the books, but even she agreed that the film was really bad. But we did have fun laughing at all the terrible points.
    Andreea Catsfika

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    1. It was humorous in that kind of way...

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  13. If we don't take the movie as a book adaptation then it was fun. A bit confusing yes, but fun. I saw it with a friend who don't know a thing about the book and he enjoyed it. I, on the other hand, was apalled. I agree with you about both the casting of Clary and Simon, especially Simon. Robert Sheehan did an outstanding job. He was Simon for me and he will always be, period. I also liked Jocelyn, Luke and Magnus. And although I like Jonathan Rhys Meyer he wasn't the right choice for Valentine, like at all. Jamie as Jace was a bit meh, but not the worst.
    I'm not intrigued to see the new TV show ABC is working on. I'm sad to see some of the original actors go and I know ABC is gonna eventually change the books because they are notorious for doing so (PLL is a great example) but I just wish they can do it justice :)

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    1. I still don't think I would like it much if you separated it from the book, (which is what I have to do with Percy Jackson, because then I have enjoyed it). I loved Simon's casting, and he was perfect <3 Jocelyn was also well done, as was Magnus. I am looking forward to the telly show, although the casting hasn't really impressed me yet. I am hoping that everything else itself will be good enough though.

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  14. Finally someone who agrees! I didn't like Jamie as Jace either - he was just not how I pictured him at all! I actually didn't really like any of the cast so I couldn't really enjoy it much. The book was definitely better. The tv show looks promising though!

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    1. Yeah, he was pretty different for me. It's a shame you couldn't like any of it :( On team book here as well!

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  15. I remember watching this movie and thinking this must be based on a book. The movie started off well but then it just sank. I was hooked in the beginning but my interest quickly fell. And I only watched it until the end just to finish it.

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    1. It definitely is! It did kind of sink in itself, and well, it was a shame :/

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  16. From a book to movie adaptation stand point, it's almost become a taboo topic to talk about and I haven't seen any reviews in forever so this was extremely interesting! For me it was a disappointment, and while some of the cast was good (like Lily & Robert) even they couldn't pull off the whole film. The demons though were excellent, so I'm anxious to see what direction the tv show takes - which is a whole other thing altogether!

    Most recent post on Enchanted by YA: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.com/2015/07/top-ten-tuesday-2-top-ten-books-ive.html

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    1. I don't know why I randomly decided to pull up a review of this one, but here it is nonetheless! Yeah, I did like some of the casting, but it just didn't work together. Fingers crossed for the show!

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  17. I was pretty disappointed in this one too! It was exciting while I was watching it, but there were some things that I really didn't like. The casting for Jace was so weird--it wasn't fitting for the character. The chemistry between Jace and Clary felt very forced and cheesy for me. That impacted my enjoyment of the movie quite a bit. :/

    Hopefully the tv series turns out to be a lot better! The cast feels more fitting, at least.

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    1. It did for me as well, especially as they were the main characters. Let's hope for the best with the telly show.

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