Based on Cassandra Clare’s book of the same name, this is the first in what I am sure will be a movie franchise. And I have not read the book so I wont be comparing the book vs movie character….. although I always encourage reading the book.
Clary (Collins) is an ordinary 15 year old girl who, after witnessing what appears to be a murder in the middle of a nightclub, discovers she is descended from a long line of Shadowhunters. These Shadowhunters protect humans (or mundanes as they are known) from demons. As one character pointed out to the bewildered Clary, ‘ all the stories are true ‘.
Clary’s mother Jocelyn (Headey) has kept herself and her daughter hidden for many years for a number of reasons. One of them being that she knows a secret that some would kill to retrieve. As it becomes harder to keep Clary away from the truth, destiny intervenes and Clary, along with her human best friend Simon (Sheehan) is introduced to a world she never even knew existed.
Taken to a building known as The Institute by the young Shadowhunter Jace (Bower), she meets others of her kind and begins learning about her history and what really is happening in the previously invisible world around her. There are demons, vampires, werewolves….. all manner of supernatural beings that we attribute to legend and/or folklore.
I was only vaguely aware of this storyline, although I was more than aware of the books and their subsequent sequels and (I believe also) prequels so had no expectations when I sat down. I liked the story and the characters right from the start. This was modern-day New York City in a very ordinary light. Mum is a painter and the daughter is an average girl trying to pretend her male bestie is not in love with her. Enter the mysterious, slightly brooding and sassy Shadowhunter Jace and a teenage love triangle is born.
I didn’t care much for the burgeoning love triangle, I was more interested in the unfolding story on the screen. It was interesting and engaging, if a little predictable. It did have that Twilight (love triangle) feel…..with a dash of Harry Potter (hidden worlds) thrown in. Okay and a touch of any werewolf/vampire movie or TV show currently on TV.
But so what? Nobody thinks that every movie is going to be unique and groundbreaking. There is barely a tale on Earth that has not already been told. It comes down to the telling. And this story has so far spurned 5 best sellers with a sixth and final book planned for 2014. So it can’t be all that bad.
I did like the story and enjoyed the way it unfolded. I feel it got a little too rushed at the end, perhaps to ensure that all elements for the currently in pre-production second movie were covered to allow a smooth transition.
The movie was shiny and glossy, full of swaggering chicks in black thigh high boots (but to their eternal credit, the characters themselves made some tongue in cheek comments about their own dress code), handsome men with swords and attitude and lots of supernatural creatures who simply wanted to rip them all apart.
There was some snappy, snarky dialogue too that got some laughs…… some very clever moments. We had a few twists and turns to spice things up but, as I said, it did start to feel a little rushed with far too many things happening as we sped to the finale.
This is a nice weekend movie….. one for the kids and their friends. It has a nice mixture of sass, class and ass. Oh yeah……snap, snap, snap 😉
Love Flick x
Director : Harald Zwart
Starring : Lily Collins, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jared Harris, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West, Kevin Durand, Robert Maillet
Running Time : 130 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now