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Director never read the book

By stephaniesadowsky
Written August 22, 2013
The first part of the movie went along with the book. But I wondered how anyone could follow it if he/she hadn't read it. The second part was all over the place. Completely scattered story and I found myself looking at the time wondering when it would be over. SIGH. I really wanted this to be great.
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Cheesy

By amtj2008
Written January 25, 2015
I have read the first 3 books in the immortal instruments series and I thought maybe introducing it in another medium would help. Sadly, that is not the case, in fact the movie does a better job of highlighting how bad the source material is. The special affects are cheesy and given how they monster, demons, etc. where described in the material; it stands to reason they could have used minimal make-up/effects and still came out looking better. Even worse, the lead characters are a mess: it is hard to imagine Jaime as a swoon worthy lead, not that he does not have an aesthetic appeal, just not THIS leading man appeal. Lily , while beautiful, is a wooden actress who makes Clary seem even more boring than the books. The actor who plays Magnus Bane, and the character itself, were both underused. The only light at the tunnel were Aidan Turner and Robert Sheehan, whose delivery made their charterers. My advice is watch this one on cable or some other platform where $10 won't be wasted.
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ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!

By ramirobia
Written September 23, 2014
Loved the dialogues,jace is everything like in the book, and despite people complaining about magnus amd valentine, I liked them. Really! Hell yeah,valentine looked like a hippie but he was still as crazy as the book!the experiments scenes,REALLY COOL. I liked magnus because he is much better looking than I imagined!And the cat eyes…. oh lord. I’m not going to start on jamie as jace,alec and simon PERFECT acting because I would have to write a book explaining how they got every detail right about the character!!! The girls were great,too.
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Of course the book is better

By MsBitterheart
Written December 19, 2014
But yeah... as movie adaptations go, I can live with this. Jamie Campbell Bower is not my Jace, and there were a few other minor/major changes (Simon is never a mouse!), but I can accept them and move on. If you read the book, it's not like the travesty of Beautiful Creatures, so give it a try!
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Loved it!

By halgirl1129
Written October 02, 2014
I love The Mortal Instruments and its prequel The Infernal Devices and this movie didn't disappoint. Yes, there were some changes but I think that they made the movie better. Keep in mind that the books and the movies are two different creations. They also did an amazing job on creating this amazing new world with the budget that they had. After all, you can't fit every thing from a almost 500 paged book into a two hour movie. There were some things that I would've liked to see more of but it is fine with me. Jamie plays Jace perfectly, and the rest of the cast did an amazing job bringing our beloved characters to life. I went with my family who didn't read the books and they loved it. It stayed true to the main story and the characters. I like the spin the movie puts some scenes. It has a lot of action and comedy and some romance. I think that if you love the books then you will really like this movie. I'm going to see it again and can't wait to see City of Ashes.
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