I really wanted to find redeeming qualities with this movie. I really, really did. I went in with low expectations, just in case, and a heart filled with the possibility that I was going to be pleasantly surprised. After all, The Hunger Games was exceedingly amazing and I hoped that they'd finally gotten it right. (Ps. There are no spoilers in this review just in case you still want to see this.)
I'll start with what I did enjoy about the movie.
-The Cast: I have been rather excited about the actors that were chosen for the roles since they were cast. Each one of them did a really stellar job and embodied the characters very well. Jamie Campbell Bower is definitely a little skinnier than I had imagined Jace to be, but being petty aside, his acting was definitely superb. I wish they'd let him be a little more mean, but he definitely had the snark. Robert Sheehan as Simon stole the show, however. There was nothing about him that didn't scream SIMON to me. It's extremely sad he wasn't in the movie more, because he was easily my favorite.
-The Sets/Effects/Overall Look: They definitely got me with the wow factor when it came to the overall look of the movie. The demon in the very beginning that attacks Clary in her house will be in my nightmares for a long time. I was really grossed/creeped out and I don't usually get that way even in horror movies. So bravo. The Institute looked AMAZING. I'm actually not that upset that they focused on it even though it wasn't really in the first book BECAUSE it was so gorgeous.
-The First 50% of the Movie: Was spot on. Yeah, it was pretty slow to get started, but there for a while I had really high hopes! The characters were interacting well, the plot was being set up solidly, the story was coming together (albeit to the squee of the fans, not sure about everyone else). It really began to move, and thenn..
-The ENTIRE Second Half of the Movie: All I can say is....WTF? W.T.F. I think what most upsets me about this movie is that it started out rather strong and then...it all fell apart. Without spoiling anything, let's just say that the plot made absolutely no sense. At all. I read the books and even I was seeing Swiss cheese when it came to all of the plot holes and confusing twists I could drive a truck through. The vampires were just there for a battle, something happened to Simon that just got swept under the rug, Valentine was COMPLETELY out of character (which really upset me because I felt that Johnathan Rhys Myers was the PERFECT choice for Valentine), and the reason things were happening made absolutely no sense.
I left the theater feeling like I had my favorite toy taken away from me. And let me say, the kissing scene. That. Scene. It was fine and then WHAM. RUINED. By music. When you see it, you'll agree. Ruined.
I feel as if I'm still in shock and I would go into more detail as to why I detested the second half of the movie, but I don't want to spoil anyone. So, I will leave you with ONE spoiler, because if nothing else, the fact that SPOILER the assumed incest SPOILER was left in really made me happy. HUZZAH. Oh Hollywood, why couldn't you have had the decency to keep as true to the rest of the book as you did that major plot point.
Bleh. Catching Fire needs to fix this. Please.