The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
In New York City, Clary Fray, a seemingly ordinary teenager, learns that she is descended from a line of Shadowhunters — half-angel warriors who protect humanity from evil forces. After her mother disappears, Clary joins forces with a group of Shadowhunters and enters Downworld, an alternate realm filled with demons, vampires, and a host of other creatures. Clary and her companions must find and protect an ancient cup that holds the key to her mother's future.
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"I can tell there's a good story underneath all of it, but it's way too much to wade through in a single movie. You're thrusted into a deeply complicated world 5 minutes in. Everything goes by so fast the suspension of disbelief is broken from the get go. Maybe it made for a better book but this story is just too much for the length of time. I think the writers & directors did well with what they had but it's clear it shouldve been a tv show. Then maybe it wouldn't be so jarring just to watch this without having any prior knowledge going in. It's possible the book lovers will enjoy this since they don't need all the finer details that seem to get overlooked, but for someone who hasn't read the book its just too much. On top of that the big reveal at the end just makes everything awkward. Even though I do believe there will be some equally large plottwist later on to "fix it all" (most likely Johnathan was kidnapped by the guy) you'll only get that once you watch the movie so not completely a spoiler. But because of that you also feel like you're just being duped & tricked at the end. Like sure you keep saying whatever & telling us this is the story, but we all know something is going to change that & make it all go away. Basically, you feel like you're being punked at the end & that doesn't go away. The action is good too. Like I said you can tell there is a good story here, but there's too much mud to wade through you can't see it. I think the story itself suffers from not enough editing & just having too much to cover. It's as if it's three books in one. She just gets thrown into this world & accepts it too easily. I don't want her to deny what's happening but she goes from scared to demon slayer all too quickly. Yes she's not perfect but in that climax she sure is. Do not mistake that critique as a Mary sue accusation. I hate that. I truly mean it's not a good movie, & maybe the book should've gone through 1 more round of editing. That's all."
"This is hilariously awful. The leads have zero chemistry, the plot line is completely convoluted, and the acting is downright silly. Everyone wears leather, rides motorcycles, and pouts mysteriously. An absolutely fabulous giggle-watch, if that's what you're into. Also, Jamie Campbell Bower does his best Darth Vader."
"This movie will always hold a special place for me. I know some people don't like it, and that's okay. I feel the film closely follows what happens in the books much better than the series. I also think the casting was a thousand times better, at least for Clary and Jace. Jamie Campbell Bower is much more physically similar to how Jace is described in the books and is a fantastic actor. Without reading the books first, I'm sure this film probably would have developed a different opinion from me, but I still wish they would have continued the series. "
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