Cinematic Thoughts for Cinematic Minds
2013/ USA, Germany
Director: Harold Zwart
Surprise, surprise, another film based on a book series. As it looks like Hollywood have long since run out of original ideas they are left to play puppet-master to whatever latest sensation wanders into their web. The latest victim is the first in Cassandra Clare‘s The Mortal Instrument series; City Of Bones.
If your humour falls in the realms of sarcastic, dry and borderline worrying then you’re in the right place. The film hits the ground running when Clary Fray (Lilly Collins) goes from being a run of the mill teenager, openly defying her mother’s over the top protective ways to suddenly drawing odd shapes in her sleep. Clary soon learns the term Mother knows best is more than a guilty saying when her mother (Lena Heady) is kidnapped, leaving nothing but a frantic voicemail and a demon dog in her wake.
Clary isn’t left alone to find her mother as her slightly geekish best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) is close beside her offering witty cynicism at the darkest of moments. The pair don’t quite know what they’re getting into so it’s fortunate that mysterious, aloof and sometimes invisible Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) Shadowhunter extraordinaire sticks around to help Clary on her quest. Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters have their own problems to contend with, but when it looks like everyone has a mutual agenda Clary and Simon are submerged into a world of Vampires, Werewolves and Century old legends.
Shadowhunter: Part human/ part angel warrior.
An urban Goth theme seems to be the strict dress code of Shadowhunters as the characters on screen were constantly clad in black. Thick plat formed boots, tight leather trousers and tops that were clearly too tight to be buttoned up (not that anyone was complaining) for the boys, and thigh high heeled boots, navel brushing tops and short tight dresses for girls (again whose complaining).
Johnathan Rhys Meyers made a surprising and sexy addition to the cast as disturbed and crazed villain with the ironic name of Valentine. Whose twisted ways gave the film more depth just when you thought there could possibly be no more drama.
Although the characters possess some level of magical talents, thankfully it’s not all Wingardium Leviosa as the Shadowhunters are all too happy to get down and dirty. Glass swords, tiny daggers and vampire guns are mere accessories to the boots to asses, flips and tricks they have up their sleeves. It was refreshing to not just have the one main fight scene at the climax of the film.
It has been a while since I have looked forward to a film sequel, normally rolling my eyes at the last minute Easter Egg scape goat scenes. The Mortal Instruments is a fresh take on what goes bump in the night and the things we think we almost see in the corner of our eye. City Of Bones only just begun to touch on a new world of magic for us as an audience to get lost in and characters for us to get caught up with so let’s hope that director Harold Zwart can get to work on the next instalment.