But, in actuality, the City of Bones movie was a combination of The Good, The Bad, and The What?!.
Oh, just a warning, if you haven't read City of Bones, you probably don't want to read this review. *River Song voice*: Spoilers!
First off, a round of applause for the casting. I mean, really, the acting in the movie is superb and the cast looks just like the characters (except for one scene where you could really tell how dyed Lily Collin's hair is, but that's forgivable, right?).
And Robert Sheehan should seriously get a whole category of his own. This guy, he is Simon, and considering Simon is the best character in the books (sorry Jace), that's saying something.
Also, Jemima West as Isabelle? Pardon my French, but badass. And Magnus! Magnus, Magnus, Magnus. <3 (In case you couldn't tell, I really like Magnus and the actor who plays him.)
Okay, what is up with the soundtrack? Club music while fighting vampires? That awkward Demi Lovato song during Clary's birthday scene (love Demi Lovato, just didn't like the song placement)? It's distracting and off putting, to say the least.
The sequence of the story is a little weird, too. I understand that things need to be changed in order for the story to be conveyed well onscreen, and I liked the little differences in the beginning, but the rest of the changes throw the pacing off. There's a ton of action, but no character development. If I hadn't read the book before seeing the movie, I would have felt nothing for Jace or Hodge or Luke, and, as it was, I thought that the movie version of Jace and Clary's relationship is about a step away from instalove.
Also, there are so. many. angsty. looks. Like, if you were to count the number of times Clary is shell-shocked/awed, or Jace is smouldering/upset-but-hiding-it-because-he's-a-bad-boy, you would get a very, very high number. I don't blame this on the actors because it seems like these moments were written into the script (which also has some lines that made me groan).
I'll start with the mild stuff: Valentine. The only actor I didn't like in the movie. I've always imagined Valentine to act more like an evil businessman who only let's his insanity occasionally slip through the cracks. Movie Valentine, though, is full-on, wild eyes, maniacal laughter crazy. (Also, what is with the braids? It's just weird.)
And then there is the ending.
The ending takes place inside the Institute. It's a huge fight scene that goes on about 15 minutes too long (seriously, if they had spent as much time on the characterization as they did on all the fighting, there might actually have been characterization) wherein Hodge and Valentine discuss how they are going to lie and say Clary and Jace are siblings. Yep, that's right, the giant twist that's supposed to shock everyone and confuse them throughout the next two books, is REVEALED TO BE A LIE IN THE VERY FIRST MOVIE.
Oh, and then Clary uses a rune to clean up her apartment, which is honestly just weird.
While the casting is phenomenal, City of Bones is a "meh" book adaptation and a pretty bad movie. The overarching storyline stays (mostly) true, but it loses its heart.
Have you seen the City of Bones movie yet? Are you going to?