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 Film
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.