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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