39 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Better than it's being given credit for,
This review is from: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones [DVD] (DVD)
I've been reading a lot of reviews of TMI out of sheer curiosity, and almost every single one seems to make comparisons to Twilight. I find this horrifically unfair, given that the love triangle is a staple of all fiction- and that is definitely where the similarities end. I vehemently hated Twilight- people that know me don't bring it up around me, because they know it will induce a vitriolic rant about its layers of godawfulness. Yet, I really was surprised by how much I enjoyed City of Bones.
For me, Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace was by far and away the highlight of the movie. His delivery of Clare's witty lines was perfect, but he also handled the brooding, dramatic element very well. I also enjoyed the central performances of Lily Collins and Robert Sheehan (who, as a fan of Misfits, couldn't be further from the role that gained him fame). To be honest, most of the cast were good in their roles, although Jonathan Rhys Meyer was a little OTT in his role as the antagonist, Valentine.
I can understand why some may call the film 'messy'- it is packing a lot into one film, and having read the book shortly after seeing it, a lot was missed out or glossed over. The presence of the werewolves and vampires is rendered almost entirely pointless by not explaining why they were there. Claims of the film being a rip-off of other fantasy franchises are not entirely groundless, either- certainly, it's clear that Clare was inspired heavily by Harry Potter and Star Wars- but this didn't bother me much, as I felt the plot ran with it and made it its own just enough.
I've heard that the sequel, City of Ashes, has been postponed indefinitely, which I think is a shame because the story gets more interesting in later books once the world is established. I just think that people ought to watch this movie with an open mind (and WITHOUT any ideas of Twilight!)- perhaps you will find it has its own kind of charm, as I did.