Book vs. Movie: The Mortal Instruments

tmi_book_movieAll my friends and I are major fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, so it was no surprise that when The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie came out, we were thrilled. Despite the awful reviews of the movie, we decided to see it soon after it was released. I had expected the movie to be horrible based on the reviews, but it exceeded my expectations. It wasn’t as good as the book, but it was still an average movie.

The book tells the story of a girl living in New York named Clary Fray. She’s an extremely artistic girl with a sensitive best friend named Simon. One day, Clary and Simon go to a club. Clary sees a boy being murdered by a vicious girl and two other boys. No one else can see the murderous trio. Clary tries to forget about what she saw, but she sees one of the boys at a coffee shop the next day. At the same time, she gets a call from her frantic mother. Her mother tells her to stay away from her home.

Clary runs home to find her house completely ransacked; her mother gone. She encounters a crazed animal-like creature, which she manages to kill. She finds out that the boy she saw in the coffee shop is named Jace, and that he’s a Shadowhunter. Shadowhunters save mundanes, or regular humans, from demons that roam the world. Clary discovers that the most dreadful Shadownhunter, Valentine, has captured her mother. She is thrown into a world of vampires, Shadowhunters, demons, warlocks, werewolves, and faeries and needs to rescue her mother and a special cup that Valentine is after. The cup can create Shadowhunters but is very dangerous.

The movie was similar to the book, but there were some differences that can’t be ignored. The actors all fit the character descriptions very well. However, I wish the movie had been a bit more lighthearted. The book was really funny and had several light parts, but the movie was way too fast paced and serious. The romantic tension in the book was extreme in a good way, but in the movie it fizzled out quickly. I really liked the costumes that the characters had, and the man who played Simon (Robert Sheehan) acted really well.

Overall, the movie differed a bit from the book and was a little too gray, but for a diehard fan like me, it was enjoyable enough to recommend it to others.

-Rabani S., 9th grade

2 thoughts on “Book vs. Movie: The Mortal Instruments

  1. I didn’t like the movie all that much, and agree that it was way different than the books. However, I did like some of the new parts (new malec scene) and how we could follow the story even if we have never read the book. Thanks for doing this review; I like to hear about what others think of the movie. All in all, this review did a good job explaining the book/movie- keep it up, for you’re doing a great job!

  2. Now, I like your description of the books. But whereas I am reading the series for a second time and I’d just like to say that the movie was a total disaster. The scene about Pandemonium, the Ravener demons at the home, the cops coming to Clary’s house not Luke’s, the whole Dumont hotel business, Magnus’s party, and the battle with Valentine being in the library, Hodge not escaping, and more. Those are only a few of the mistakes. I’m sure you can think of the rest. I was extremely disappointed with the movie. Not as much as I was with the Maze Runner series, but that’s another time.

    But I would not recommend watching the movie to anyone.

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