The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones
It's a pity that all young adult fiction has been reduced to "Twilight" or "Hunger Games." "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" is a bit of a blend of the two. Like the Percy Jackson books, it does not pull in a huge automatic fan base, but it does deliver a very fun and engaging movie.
The film offers an action-packed entry into the world of shadow hunters - they kill all the things that go bump in the night. Clary (Lily Collins) discovers that everyone in her life is connected to this mystical world. She also finds a guy she digs, Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower). There are even some gay characters, including a co-dependent shadow hunter, Alec (Kevin Zegers), and a seductive warlock, Magnus (Godfrey Gao).
The bonus features on the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack are acceptable. There is an interactive lineage chart that describes all the characters in the movie. It includes some British voiceover and, despite being a little static, does offer some insight into the world of the popular young adult book series.
The deleted scenes are negligible. There are only a couple of funny lines and extended sections. It seems more like scene trimmings than really in-depth deleted scenes. The making-of featurettes are far better. They include interviews with the cast, including Jonathan Rhys Meyers and director Harold Zwart, and the series creator Constance Clare. The featurettes focus on the casting, film adaptation, and stunts.
The most incongruous bonus feature is the music video for "Almost is Never Enough" by Ariana Grande. It feels a little too Disney given the dark tone of the film, and the video doesn't add much to the song.
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" is genuinely entertaining. It brings an edge to young adult films and a cast of good, solid actors. If you can ignore the comparisons to "Twilight" you can really appreciate this entertaining film.
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"