4.5 Stars out of 5*
What can I say. I was really, really, and yes really worried about this movie coming out. I had sleepless nights and cold sweats. The TMI Series is one of my all time favorite series of books written by the wonderful Cassandra Clare, and it is too sacred to mess around with. Just saying lol.
After the brutal slaying of the Twilight books, the not so fantastic I am Number Four (Its was good, until I read the book *SMH*) & the backwards storytelling of Beautiful Creatures I was brown bagging it.Only Harry Potter and The Hunger Games have gotten it right so far, so the track record of taking my beloved stories to screen was not hot.
The critic reviews are not much better either, I was drowning in fear. So I went with a sick stomach and a small amount of hope. What can I say?
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this movie, it was excellent. Better than I could’ve hoped for. I started to breathe more easily as the movie unfolded. Did it follow the book to the letter? No, but what it left out I could live with. They also didn’t add scenes that weren’t in the book (Twilight) or mess up the order of the scenes (I am Number Four and Beautiful Creatures)
I was worried about the casting of Jaime Campbell-Bower (I have ranted earlier) but I need not have worried, was he outstanding? No, but he was Jace Wayland, all arrogant, self-effacing, and loving himself.
The casting of Lily Collins and Lena Headey as Mother and Daughter, a stroke of genius. Alec was cast perfectly as was Magnus Bane.
So to the movie, it built-in my mind just as the book does, the scary demon coming after Clary after Jocelyn disappears just like I imagined it. The fight scenes with the vampires too cool and I had to hold my breath at the final scene between Valentine and Jace, they sizzled. I thought I was going to spontaneously com bust!!
All in all, it was a romp, a damn good one. I don’t want to spoil the movie by giving a blow-by-blow playlist of what happens. No matter whether or not you’ve read this book (if you haven’t shame on you :)) this movie is good for everyone.
I hugely recommend it, don’t listen to the critics. For the love of all things literary this movie delivers.
Now, my final note, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers please, please come to Momma