Oh, how I wish I'd listened.
Don't get me wrong, City of Bones - as a film - was fine, because there were strong signs of a really good film in there, and I think that with a little more effort it really could have been better. However, I can definitely understand why critics weren't so keen. It seemed rushed in places, whilst other places dragged, some of the dialogue was embarrassingly hammy and at times it got a bit confusing - and I say that as someone who has actually read the book.
When I saw Lily Collins in Mirror Mirror, I thought that her drippy expressions were all part of the silliness of the film, but no, I think we have Kristen Stewart Mark Two in the making with this one, because we appear to have mastered gormless and that is just about all we can do.
It's a shame because there were some strong performances from both Jamie Campbell-Bower (yes, he whose casting I wasn't keen on, proved me wrong) and Robert Sheehan. I like Godfrey Gao's Magnus as much as I was expecting (we just needed a bit more of him), and Jemima West was a better Isabelle than I thought she would be. I was a little less convinced by Kevin Zeger's Alec, but he played the grumpy jealous character okay I suppose.
It's hard to judge Lena Heady's Jocelyn, purely because she was a sleep through much of the film, and Aidan Turner's Luke was completely wasted. As I expected Jonathan Rhys Meyers was completely wrong for the role. Jared Harris was a strange one for me, but it amazed me how much he sounded like his Dad in this role.
For me, I feel that perhaps Cassandra Clare's original novel was too long and too overly-complicated for the space of two hours. Would it have fared better split into two films? A Television series? I'm not sure, but it seemed to lack a great deal of oomph due to missing plot events, underused characters, unexplained stories, changed storylines etc. I know that things will always be cut out - it's inevitable with book to film adaptations, but I just felt like a lot was missing as a result.
I really wanted to like this film, and I should assure that I didn't hate it, but as I said at the beginning - I can understand why critics do.
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