I've never been to a midnight premiere and I didn't know what to expect last night. Needless to say it was a fun experience, even if I felt exhausted that morning. City of Bones is a great movie! As usual in a book to movie adaptation there were small changes and added elements, but I was pleased with the result. If you've read the books you can't pass up the opportunity to see this one on the big screen.
If you're worried about the movie because you've read a bad review, let me first say that people who haven't read the books should not critique this movie as harshly as they do. The "big name" news sites criticize the movie as trying to be the next Twilight or Hunger Games. In no way is TMI even closely related to those novels (except maybe for the vampires) and readers know that. I mean, thank goodness The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones wasn't like the Twilight movies, because those movies ruined the books for me. Also, any critic who says there are too many characters and storylines in City of Bones should go to the library and read the book because the characters are what makes the novel! Cassandra Clare's characters capture my heart and I love seeing their lives on the big screen. Really all I can say to these critics is that they should get out of the theater and read the book.
When I first saw the trailer I was worried about how the actors would pull off their characters. Luckily I came out of the theater astounded and pleased by their performances. Jaime makes a great Jace and brings a lot of emotion to the character. Lena Headey and Aidan Turner are wonderful as Jocelyn and Luke. I loved seeing Clary's mom's shadowhunter side! Robert Sheehan wasn't my first pick as Simon, but I think he pulled off the friend-zone moments and I'm looking forward to his development. Johnathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine was... interesting. He is just as violent and terrifying as I imagined his character to be, but I couldn't handle the dreadlocks. That seemed out of character to me. Finally, Lily Collins really impressed me as Clary. She captured her essence and demeanor well. I didn't like how weak Cary appeared in the film, but I hope to see her growth in the next two movies. After all, City of Bones was not my favorite TMI book to begin with. I always liked City of Ashes and City of Glass much more. Still, it was a great movie!
I purposely didn't re-read City of Bones this month so that I wouldn't nitpick the movie. I have to say the strategy worked because if there's one thing I hate, it's pointing out every flaw or edit in an adaptation. I did notice a few changes that were made to the plot, but I didn't hate them (see Simon's rat transformation), although I didn't like that Hodge made himself to be more of a martyr at the end of the movie. A lot of the fan base hated what Hodge said to Valentine about Jace and Clary in the film, because some of us had to wait three books to find out whether they were related or not. I wasn't happy with it, but I can see why they needed to put it in the movie, or all heck would have broken loose. I was more upset that there were times that scenes seemed to be cut short (Magnus's party!!) but that's what happens when you take a good sized book and turn it into a two hour film. The graphics though, were amazing and beautiful, except for the poorly-designed fire demons. The costuming, on the other hand, was beautiful and the Institute took my breath away! At the end of the credits I sat there waiting in the theater for City of Ashes to play. I know it will be just as brilliant as this movie and I'm looking forward to that midnight premiere.