[Movie Review] TMI: City of Bones

City of Bones

(The Mortal Instruments #1)

Premiere Date: August 21st, 2013 (USA) 
Runtime: 130 mins.
Link(s): IMDb
Lily Collins | Jamie Campbell Bower | Robert Sheehan | Kevin Zegers | Jemima West
Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.
I read TMI a while ago and to be honest, I thought the series was decent. But since my friend – whom I watch the movie with – is a huge fan of that series, we had been planning for a long time to see the movie together. And secondly, I have watched some of Lily Collins’s movies (Abduction and Mirror Mirror) and I admit that I like that actress so I don’t wanna miss this one too! Okay, so onto the review! But I shall warn you that I am no good when it comes to reviewing movies! ><


Like most movie adaptations, there were some changes in the movie, but it wasn’t that train-wreck The Lightning Thief. Some scenes were cut, a few was altered and I completely understand that it was necessary considering that the book was +500 pages long. Hence, the plot moved very fast and it kept me pretty interested the whole time, although I can see that some people who haven’t read the book would probably get confused due to the lack of explanations at certain parts.

Now, onto the characters! Although Clary was shorter in the book, Lily Collins did a great job of portraying her character! I got annoyed with Clary most of the time when I read TMI, but Lily made her character slightly more likable and sympathetic in the movie. Yes, there were a few moments when I felt like punching her due to the stupidity of her character, but overall, Lily was wonderful!

I am not gonna say much about Jace since I didn’t really like his character in the books either, but Jamie was fantastic doing all those fighting scenes, especially the one near the ending 😀 And speaking of fighting, I freaking love the battle scenes!! <3 They were fast and badass and OMG IZZY WAS INCREDIBLE WITH HER WHIPS! <33

One thing that made me disappointed was how little Alec’s part in this movie (I felt like he got more in the first book?? Or was it just me??) [HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER: And I thought it was weird that Clary was able to tell that Alec was gay having only met him for a couple times.] Admittedly, I was most excited to see Kevin Zegers and Godfrey Gao – they both didn’t get many parts but I hope they will get more in City of Ashes! Btw, filming for the second movie starts in a few weeks! 😛

Oh and I just have to mention that monster in the beginning was soooo disgusting! D:

This movie isn’t the best adaptations out there, however, it’s definitely one of the better ones. Fans of the book will enjoy it, but I am not sure I will recommend it for those who dislike the books :/

8 thoughts on “[Movie Review] TMI: City of Bones”

  1. HAHA well I never really read the books, so I wouldn’t know about missing out on Alec, but I wouldn’t mind a little more Kevin Zegers either! I tthought both Jamie and Lily were pretty likeable as Jace and Clary, if only the more heartfelt scenes weren’t so cheesy XD And I have to add on here my total love for Robert Sheehan as Simon. He was ADORABLE! I think I want to read the books now. Great review 🙂

    1. YES! More Kevin Zegers! 😀 ME WANTS THAT! Oh my, yeah, I didn’t really like that hugging scene in the beginning of the movie. And every time Clare breaks down it just seems too…cheesy! X_X

  2. OMG I so agree! It could have been worse. (ahem Percy Jackson) and I thought they did a pretty good job of it. Alec has like NO lines. He spoke maybe 4 times!I loved Lilly Collins as Clary, I thought she did a great job. She definitely made the character more likeable. She had that sort of shyness but outgoingness to her as well. I thought Isabelle was BADASS! Way better in the books but I’ve only read the first one so I can’t say too much. I thought Jaimie Campel Bower did a great job. He still had the Jace cokiness but he made him pretty serious. Simon was brilliant!!!I honestly didn’t like Valentine that much. I imagined him more regal and has that principle look. I thought he would be more charismatic and just a little less barbaric.
    Great review!

    1. AGREED! I imagined Valentine to look calmer and charismatic but on the inside…he’s a sadistic beast! I also imagined Hodge to look a bit shorter and fatter but oh well…

  3. Bahaha, love this! I saw The Lightning before I read the books and their it was okay then I read th books and my whole opinion on the movie changed xD I’m glad like one wasn’t a totally disappointment, but I think I may stil wait till it comes out on DVD 😛

    1. Ahaha, DVD — good idea! 😛 the same thing happened to me too! I watched I Am Number Four first and I thought it was kickass…but THEN I read the book and now I see the movie in a whole different light O_O too many changes!!

  4. I think the movie was really catered to people who have read the books, because I could definitely how people would get confused at the lack of explanations. I went with my mom, and afterwards I had to explain some things to her that she didn’t catch. I thought all of the acting was pretty good, with a few moments of cheesiness. Alec didn’t get as much screen time as he had in the book. He was sort of underdeveloped in the movie, in my opinion.
    I thought overall the movie was much better than what I was expecting. Your review is pretty spot-on!

    1. Thank you! I hope he will get more screen time since he’s one of my fave characters from the book. Ah…luckily I saw it with my friend and her mom who read the books 😛 I swear we were noisy in the theater!

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