Double Trouble Review: City of Bones (Book + Film)

Double Trouble Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA, Fantasy/Paranormal, Urban
Recommend: If you love an angst riddled romance with fit boys running around with weapons, please, flock to this.
Favourite Line: “Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

City of Bones Book
I have previously reviewed The Mortal Instruments series, as such I will focus on the film.

City of Bones Film
Rating: heartheartheart
Film Pro’s: Visually I found this to be quite stunning. The soundtrack was also great and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I confess that I read the books after I watched the film but I think that’s OK as it let me enjoy the film for what it was: a teeny angsty adventure!
Film Con’s: After reading the books I noticed a few discrepencies that bugged me immensely. Oh, and I really dislike Jace.

It’s been a few months since I watched the film, I meant to do this review earlier (isn’t this how it always happens? Sigh) but there are a few things that have stuck with me.

First of all, I found the acting in the film to be a bit underwhelming. The guy who plays Jace has a one-track voice and I found myself comparing him to the other films I’ve seen him in (or Arthur from King Arthur). The other actors were OK at best.

Magnus pissed me off for very different reasons. I disliked the actor who played him because, well, he can’t act. It’s that simple, but he is ridiculously gorgeous and is everything I pictured for Magnus, so for that, I think I’ll allow him to stay! They had a bit of problems when it came to characterization actually… Valentine-film was very much not like Valentine-book. I understand that one cannot stick to the book religiously, I am not a purist, so please do not misunderstand my issue: my issue is that he was completely nothing like the book character in appearance! I’m not talking about petty discrepancies such as Harry Potter complaints like Hermoine being too hot or Ron’s nose was too big in the film (why pick on such things?) but fundamental physical differences, such as hair color (why the hell did Valentine-film have a rat tail? He was supposed to be a deviously elegant character, not some vagabond hottie), height or body shape. I digress, the book also missed out on some of the nuances I found entertaining such as Jace-Clary bantering. They included a few in the film but not enough for you to get the full depth of their teenage riddled angst. Also. Why was Clary’s hair not truly red as it should have been? Her red hair is central to her character in a way, she’s like a phoenix but in the film it’s an obvious brunette-didn’t-want-to-dye-her-hair-red-so-we-stained-it-burgundy-thinking-this-looks-like-it’s-supposed-to-be-fire-engine-red.

In general, the film is good for what it is but not brilliant. Boom.

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9 Responses to Double Trouble Review: City of Bones (Book + Film)

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  5. DoingDewey says:

    Nice review! I think I get a bit biased by which ever version I experience first, the movie or the book, and don’t think I’m as likely to note discrepancies in the movie that might bother people who loved the book if I see the movie first. I’m impressed that you managed to catch things anyway 🙂

  6. readaholic31 says:

    I was a big fan of the books and didn’t like the film at all! I agree I don’t know what’s up with Valentine’s hair in the movie and I didn’t think the actor who played Jace was right for the part at all! I do still want to be a Shadowhunter though! 🙂

  7. I liked the movie more than the books and I was actually surprised by how much I liked it. I’m not such a fan of the Jace-author in Arthur, but I quite liked him here. I also have NO IDEA what was going on with Valentine’s hair. It made me crack up everything, such a waste, because I do like the author a lot 🙂

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