The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
Critic Consensus: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones borrows ingredients from seemingly every fantasy franchise of the last 30 years -- but can't seem to figure out what to do with them.
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Harald Zwart|
|Written By:||Cassandra Clare, Jessica Postigo Paquette, I. Marlene King|
|In Theaters:||Aug 21, 2013 Wide|
|On DVD:||Dec 3, 2013|
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Critic Reviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
It didn't help that the execution of the complex storyline was so messy and confusing that it was difficult to understand why the villain was doing what he was doing.
'Author' Cassandra Clare assumes that you have never seen a film or read a book in your entire life. She steals plot details from Star Wars, Harry Potter and Twilight and assumes that no one will notice. I did.
Awful, expensive, over-long, unremittingly dull attempt to start a Twilight-like franchise... plans were already underway for the sequel before this was released. They might just want to wait to see if anybody's interested first.
If you can overlook the lack of originality, the film actually makes a good fist of making something fresh and appealing from its second-hand ingredients.
Way to give overwrought fan fiction a bad name. No amount of fairy dust can make this bewitching.
Audience Reviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
First of all, I haven't read the books, so I couldn't say if this is a good adaptation or not. Judging by the comments of those who have, I am going to say probably not.
I did manage to sit through the whole thing, but it wore it's welcome out by a good forty minutes.
Cast are fine, story had potential, but was silly. Then again it's not a favourite genre of mine to start with.
I have seen the Twilight movies and wasn't impressed past the first two. This just seemed cliched past those. Cheesy as all hell, but not romantic enough to get away with it. Really am getting fed up with these "fantasy" movies and books.
I happen to be a fan and own this series of books so I was a bit iffy on seeing the movie. As usual the movie doesn't play out as the book does but as it goes, that's normal. I think those who haven't read the book might not actually get everything that is happening and might be a bit confused and probably won't like it as much as those who have. It's always hard when a book or a series is being turned into movies because you just don't want to be disappointed. I was iffy about the actors and the director but in the end I actually really enjoyed it. I thought all of the actors did a great job and I only found one or two scenes to be a bit cheesy. But some cheese is to be expected in films like these. I hope the rest of the books get a chance to see the big screen. I would really like to see how the rest of the films turn out.
Great action but the acting isn't really on an "immortal" level, if you know what I mean. (I really don't know how Jonathan Rhys Meyers will be able to live with himself.) The story is difficult to follow, frankly, but the faults are made up for in mindless adventure fun.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Quotes
|Jace:||The world's the same. You're the one who's different.|
|Jocelyn:||It's okay if you want to hang your head out the window.|
|Luke:||I'm a werewolf, not a golden retriever.|
|Simon:||The werewolves are here to save us. Never thought I'd say that.|
|Jace:||If you wanted me to take my clothes off, you should've just asked.|
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