The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Review

Note: This review for the movie is completely spoiler free. The movie will not be released until August 21st, medicine and I wanted you all to be able to read it!

 

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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Based on the novel by Cassandra Clare 

Rated:

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, order and some suggestive content

Directed By:

Harald Zwart

Cast:

Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, Jared Harris, Lena Headey, Aidan Turner, Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Find the rest on IMDB here.

IMDB Movie Synopsis:

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.

My Review:

I was extremely nervous about this movie. It was not because I didn’t think it would be good or any of that. I had watched trailers, seen stills and drooled over the few clips we got to see. I thought it looked pretty good and this is what made me nervous: getting my hopes up. Getting your hopes just to be dashed, would NOT be fun, in the slightest.

Luckily enough, I didn’t have to deal with that. Being the first person in line for the Los Angeles world premiere of the movie, I was able to get my hands on some tickets for the actual movie pretty easily. After having an absolute blast on the red (oh, black) carpet, we headed inside, grabbed some free drinks and popcorn and settled into our seats to watch the movie.

I fell in love. Harald Zwart, you are my hero for making one of the BEST book to movie adaptations I have ever seen. The amazing people behind this movie took the characters and the story that I have grown to love so much over the past three years and made a movie that I know I will watch again and again, and I already wish I could watch it and can’t wait for the official release day to do so!

I’m not going to lie to you: its not perfect, but no book to movie adaptation ever is. There are always going to be little things that bothered me, and that was true of this movie as well. They, of course, made changes to the plot we know so well in the book, but the changes that were made were done in logical ways. They only changed things because it really was necessary. I didn’t mind any of the changes at all, really, and my only one beef was so small and understandable that I got over it pretty quickly.

What I think they have managed to do with this movie is capture the essence of the story and of the characters. Even though this is a story of a race of people called the Shadowhunters and their world, it is mostly a character story. It shows the journey and the development of the various characters; Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Jocelyn, Luke, all of them. They all go through various journeys as people and come out at the end of the story as different people. I think that this was captured in the movie. You could see the emotions of each character and the personality that they represented.

I also really admire each and every actor and actress in this movie. I can’t imagine anyone else in the world playing any of these characters. They were all so perfect. If I had doubts in my mind before this, which I’ll admit I did, they were gone by the end of this movie. They each obviously took the time to explore their character and understand them, and get to know the aspects of the characters that were so reachable to the fans and managed to convey that on screen. The characters that we all fell so hard for in Cassandra’s books were on the screen, easily, and I found myself falling in love again.

They also just told the story in such a beautiful way. They managed to hit all the important parts of the novel, and they reminded me (though how could I forget, really?) how amazing the story really is. Jessica Postigo, the screenwriter, obviously read the book and knew what Cassandra was saying and knew what the purpose of the first book was, to set up the conflicts that would build into the second and third books, and she did just that. I also really enjoyed the fact that there were a LOT of direct lines from the novel. Cassandra writes so beautifully and its not uncommon to fall in love with her dialogue and prose. It was wonderful to see that in the novel.

Another thing that really impressed me is that, for the most part, this fandom tends to be, well, more common with the female population. I think a lot of times the romance of the story tends to be highlighted more than anything. However, this is a VERY action packed book, and that definitely shows in the movie. I know a ton of fans were lamenting over the lack of Isabelle and Jemima West in stills and clips but she is in the movie a lot and she has some major girl power with that whip and flame thrower. The battle scenes in the movie, especially Hotel Dumort, are seriously action packed and are super fun to watch, especially with the amazing music in the background. This is a movie that you won’t have to beg your boyfriends to go to, because there is a lot of action and fun for the boys as well. I know that TMI Source had a non-fan, newcomer male review the movie and he gave it a B+, which is fantastic. Its a movie (and a book) that isn’t just for girls; the boys can enjoy it too. Plus they have eye candy in Lily Collins and Jemima West.

Lastly, very quickly, for the fans: the greenhouse scene? its perfect in every single way.

Rating:

4.75 out of 5

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Los Angeles Premiere!

I am exhausted, view sunburnt, and still covered in sharpie runes all over my arms. But it was worth it more than you know.

Sunday afternoon, Sylvia from FanGirlFeeels and I drove to the Arclight in Hollywood, off of Sunset Blvd, to get in line for the Los Angeles premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. We went in search of tear down posters first, and spotted them pretty quickly.

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Keep an eye out for a giveaway soon :) You could win one of these!

Now, of course, when we got there, there was NOTHING there. We got there about one in the afternoon and we had no idea if there was a place to go, or a line, or anything so we just kind of hung out in front of the theater for a bit. We tweeted at Cassie to let her know we were there, and she retweeted us :) That started it all!

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Eric Paquette, who is the senior VP of Sony, and is married to Jessica Postigo, who wrote the script, came by to make sure that me and Sylvia, and three others, Cher, Karen and Ally (who had joined us in line and became our new friends) were okay, and that the theater was going to let us camp.

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He made sure they had a space for us, that they wouldn’t kick us out, and that we were taken care of. He called the Los Angeles Police Dept. and made sure they would patrol often in order to keep us all safe, and him and Jessica brought us pizza and cookies for being the first people in line! How sweet is that? They were SO awesome!

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So there we were, me, Sylvia and Magnus as the VERY first people, waiting in line for the premiere. Both Sylvia and I were lucky enough to win tickets for the actual movie part, now we were just camping out to try and get into the fan section of the red (er, black) carpet.

That night, at about midnight, we had a special guest! Harald Zwart, the director of City of Bones, came by the camp to bring everyone waiting out in the cold night soup! He personally unloaded soup from his car, and started passing it out! It was delicious, and SUPER awesome of him :)

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We also were finally able to meet our friends from twitter, from Colombia and Venezuela. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it was to meet them. Shout out to Lilo and Ale! You ladies are beautiful and wonderful!

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Now, I don’t know if you’ve camped out for premieres yet, but its uncomfortable haha. I slept a little bit in my car and a little bit in my chair on the sidewalk. NOT comfortable. However, it was totally worth it. A lot of the people who had shown up the night before had left after they got tickets so there were only about 20 of us who stayed to camp. And we got a surprise visit in the morning by Kevin Zegers, who came by to bring the campers his favorite cookies.

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It was HILARIOUS, because we saw on twitter that he was heading over in five minutes, and we went into recon mode, trying to get our hair and stuff into place, since we had JUST woken up, and it wasn’t even 7 am yet. My friend, Jane, passed around some mouthwash, and we all had our mouths full of it when he walked up, SUPER awkward status. As soon as his back was turned, we all spat it out in the bushes. It was so funny!

We waited all day long for the red carpet, patiently, and were so excited when it was time. From what I kept hearing, there wasn’t originally supposed to be a fan section, but they made one, and I thank Sony BIG TIME for that, especially since me, Sylvia and Jane were first in line, we got to be right at the barricade :)

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The premiere was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed it so MUCH. I was able to meet EVERYONE and take pictures with EVERYONE. Check it out below!

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Its hard to tell, but this is Harald Zwart‘s wife, Veslemoy, who also was a co-executive producer, giving me a HUGE hug. She was super sweet at the LA Times Festival of Books, and I was able to chat with her the night before as well. I felt SO lucky to get a hug from her :)

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This is me with Harry Van Gorkum, who played Alaric, the werewolf second in command to Luke, in the movie :)

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myself with Nathan Sykes from The Wanted. I know, so random, but they are SOOO catchy!

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me and Jared Harris, who plays Hodge Starkweather in the movie.

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It is a seriously blurry picture but its one of my absolute favorites. Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Jace Wayland (my number one fictional crush!) has the BEST face in this picture and I look so incredibly happy, because I most definitely was!

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This photo credit goes to the official Mortal Instruments Facebook page. I am pretty much freaking out while Jamie is signing our books. He just was the sweetest, and that accent would make anyone fall in love haha. He was the perfect Jace.

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This was a serious fangirl moment for me. Not only does the absolutely gorgeous Aidan Turner play Luke Garroway in the City of Bones movie, he also plays Mitchell on the UK’s Being Human and Kili in The Hobbit. I DIED.

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Cassie and I for the millionth time. She remembered me, which pretty much made my whole life. I love this lady, and I adore her books. I also got to meet her husband that night as well, who was SO cute.

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I was finally able to meet the gorgeous and talented, Robbie Sheehan, who plays Simon Lewis in the movie, but also plays Nathan Young in Misfits! I know he’s a huge flirt, but I couldn’t help but sigh a little when he said “Of course, love” and had his arm around me. My goal was to meet him, and I did :)

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There is SO much win about this photo. I kept yelling at Godfrey Gao, who plays Magnus Bane, to come over because I had the doll and his publicist noticed, and guided him straight to me. He signed the doll, saying that it was SO cool, and the grabbed my cell phone and took this picture. It was SUCH a happy moment for me. Later, I noticed Jane had photobombed in the best way possible!

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After the movie, Sylvia and I ran into Leigh Bardugo, Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi and Margaret Stohl, which was SO cool. You all know how I am about my authors!

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My movie tie-in edition that I took to the red carpet. On the front, its signed by Aidan Turner. The first page (on top) is signed by Jamie Campbell Bower, Jessica Postigo, Kevin Zegers, Harald Zwart, and Jared Harris. The second page (on bottom) is signed by Cassandra Clare, Harry Van Gorkum, Lily Collins and Robbie Sheehan.

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Then, of course, I was able to go inside and watch the WORLD PREMIERE of the movie. I have to do a HUGE shoutout and thanks to Natalie at TMI Examiner for hooking me up with these tickets :) You rock so much. I will be doing an actual movie review of this VERY soon, but I can tell you that this movie was truly truly amazing! Of course there were changes, but they were done very well and I was highly impressed with this movie. I ran up to Harald after the movie (I may have scared him a bit…) and was like, “Harald, you rocked it! This movie was beautiful!”

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So I know that I’ve written a ton and posted a ton of pictures, and there are even more pictures on my facebook page, at this link here.

I had such an amazing time, and will post a movie review of the movie (spoiler free, of course) soon, as well as a post all about the TMI mall tour stop that was the next day too, so look for those! Love you all!

Shout outs to:

Natalie at TMI Examiner for getting me the tickets!

Sylvia from FanGirlFeeels for being my fangirl bestie. She is such a HUGE reason this was so awesome. This was my first real premiere and she was my premiere tour guide. I don’t know what I would’ve done without you there! Love you!

Every single person that I met! I wish I could name you all  but that would take too long and you know who you are! You are my TMI Family, and we get together and bond over a love of this fandom, and I can’t wait to see you all next time, at the City of Ashes premiere!

Thanks to Harald Zwart for being SO amazing to the fans, and bringing us soup! That was so wonderful and such a thoughtful thing to do!

Thanks to Kevin Zegers who stopped by in the early morning for the few of us who were tough and camped all night and brought us his favorite cookies. Again, what a wonderful, thoughtful thing to do.

Lastly, to Eric Paquette and Jessica Postigo Paquette. You two are AMAZING! Without you, we couldn’t have camped out. You found us a spot to camp, you made the police kept us safe, brought us food and even came by in the morning to check up on us. You two are such angels, and the fact that you kept coming by us, over and over, through the premiere and mall tour stop, was wonderful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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City of Bones: Los Angeles Premiere and Mall Tour Stop Photos!

So unfortunately I am without the use of my own laptop. I am still waiting for my financial aid to come so I can buy myself a new laptop and get back to writing awesome stuff for you guys. Trust me, help it is SO not fun not having a laptop.

As you may have known, I was busy the last three days, camping out for the City of Bones red carpet (actually, it was black) premiere and for the mall tour stop. I had such a blast, and it was three days of amazing fun and absolute exhaustion haha. I canNOT wait to share the entire experience with you, once I am able to get to a computer and write about it for you!

Until then! Check out this picture of myself, with my Magnus Bane doll and the gorgeous Godfrey Gao, who plays him in the movie!

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Also! Go to my Facebook page at this link, to check out ALL my pictures from both the premiere and the mall tour stop!

A recap of BOTH, and a review of the movie are coming VERY VERY soon!

Thanks to Natalie at the TMI Examiner for my tickets to the premiere! You are a rock star! Thanks to Harald Zwart for bringing us soup, thanks to Jessica and Eric from Sony for bringing us pizza and cookies and Kevin Zegers for bringing us cookies too!

Lastly, check out this AWESOME video from Kimmy at Page to Premiere, where she was press on the red carpet :) See if you can’t spot me a few times!

Happy Wednesday everyone!