"City of Bones" fills expectations, little else
Published: Monday, September 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 23:09
The film adaptation of the first novel in the New York Times best-selling series “The Mortal Instruments” entitled “City of Bones” written by Cassandra Clare, is an imaginatively thrilling story bringing to life a graphic tale of good versus evil which will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The book was first released in March of 2007 and has since sold over 44 million copies. The love of the teen fantasy series has a great deal to do with the initial success of the film, which brought in over $9 million last weekend alone and a worldwide total of $33 million since the movie’s premier last Thursday.
Having read the novel myself and already being a fan of the actor (Robert Sheehan) chosen to play Simon Lewis (The main character’s best friend and one of the lead roles), I was expecting a great deal from the film adaptation. I must admit, though there were some differences (as to be expected) as well as minor details which I would have done differently, I was overall extremely pleased with the movie and am thrilled to see that it is doing so well.
The novel heavily revolves around a variety of supernatural elements including witches, warlocks, demons, angels, nephilim, vampires and werewolves, and as with any supernatural element, these creatures are imagined and thus portrayed in a cornucopia of different ways. All of the supernatural creatures and aspects from the novel are adapted in this film in such a beautifully yet terrifyingly realistic way. I was extremely impressed with the use of Computer Generated Imagery, which was used heavily yet was not overly indulged to really bring the fantastical elements to life. One scene in particular comes to mind in which Clary, Simon and several other characters are trapped in a basement by a horde of smoke like demons. Upon watching an interview with Lily Collins (Clary), it is revealed that while filming, the demons were actually just tennis balls on the ends of poles to mark where the demons would later be graphically inserted. She remarks at how impressed she was with the design team after watching the finished product in which the tennis balls on sticks the cast had been dodging, later became something straight out of a nightmare; ruthless, faceless, eluding creatures.
I was pleasantly surprised that the movie retained most of the individual charm from each character including the sarcastic sense of humor as featured in the book. Though most fans of the novel were rather distraught when Jamie Campbell Bauer was cast as the lead bad boy Jace Wayland, his ability to bring to life the arrogant charm of the character as well as the delivery of the indicative sarcastic one-liners has for the most part satisfied the book fans who would previously protested. Of course, Collins’ portrayal of the recklessly brave yet stubborn Clary Frey was wonderful, keeping with the defensive tendencies regarding her loved ones while not being afraid to speak her mind when necessary. Though I am sure the portion of the film audience who has never read the book will be rather taken aback by the uncomfortable snag, which shall inevitably prevent the two main characters from being romantically involved at all.
The film adaptation was better than I was expecting as far as graphics and casting for lead roles are concerned, but rather unsettling as far as the execution of certain parts making them feel almost cliché. The movie should satisfy all those who have read the book first and is overall a great supernatural action movie with bits and pieces of humor thrown into the mix for all those who have not read the story.