So I don’t know why I decided to record and watch Freeform’s Shadowhunters but I did. In some ways, after I found out they were coming out with a TV show inspired by Cassandra Clare’s series called The Mortal Instruments. I was mad at myself because I’ve been meaning to read the series since I watched the movie, but I haven’t been able to. Anyways, if you haven’t read the books, watched the film and TV show versions but thinking about it, you might want to take a rain check reading this post! Because there will be spoilers and comparisons discussed below!
First let’s talk about the movie!
I actually loved The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones a lot! I have a love/hate relationship with movies being inspired by books I’ve never read especially if they’re part of the supernatural kind of genre. I remember watching the film wondering more about Jocelyn (Lena Headley) and Valentine’s (Jonathon Rhys Meyers) world. Where did they originate? You know a backstory to get familiar with to see what we’re dealing with beforehand, however in a way I think of how Clary (Lily Collins) found out about her mother and Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) and everything about shadowhunters, runes, etc was all needed to start too.
I was very confused about everything that was in the film the first time I watched it, but the more I watched and paid attention to the little details of the story and characters the more I liked it. I’ve never watched a film that had demons in at night. This film came out in 2013, I was 23 and still not have watched anything with demons in it at night. I was trying to finish and it got to the part where Clary and Jace were visiting the neighbor below their apartment to see if she knew anything weird about her mom’s past and Dorothea (C.C.H. Pounder) turned into this disgusting demon. It was like 8pm and I was just silently freaking out underneath my covers. It mustn’t been too scary since I watched the whole damn thing in one setting!
Let’s talk about the first episode now!
Okay, I don’t know what Clary’s hair in the book but can I say how annoying and orange this girl’s hair is?!?! Gosh, I’m starting to sound like my old art teacher! Other than that, she’s not bad. There are some scenes where I thought were too much and yet some were so good that I actually felt her emotion. Jace is going to be a character that’s going to drive me nuts. The “new” Clary Fray is played by Katherine McNamara and Jace Wayland is played by Dominic Sherwood. I already don’t like the chemistry between these two. I like the new layout of the characters cover story this time around. Clary is applying for colleges for art school and Luke is a police officer. Despite the fact the beginning shows Jocelyn trying to call Luke, there’s no real connection between them in front of the audience.
Anyways, I recorded the first episode four days after it premiered. Despite my opinions on the actors, I was very pleased with the ending result. The whole episode is an hour long, and even though I was skipping through my commercials to see what would happen next, there wasn’t anything that would grab at me. I do what to see what happens in this week, so I’ve decided to tape it because it was on the same time as Agent Carter. I’m still trying to get through the second episode right now!
All right time for some notes:
- I still prefer Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathon Rhys Meyers, and Robert Sheehan as Jace, Valentine and Simon.
- The club scene was better in the movie, especially the way everybody was dressed. Dark colors and goth vibes. Heavy metal sound, my kind of nightclub honestly!
- Clary and Simon’s friendship felt more real in the film, adding a third into their scenes was a bad choice.
- As for the special effects, they looked more realistic in the film. They’re just awful on the show! Those spheres look too Star Wars like.
- The demons are scary as hell on both, but worse on the show!
- The first episode seemed to rushed in the beginning, it’s an hour show, you can take your time and leave certain stuff off, especially if you’ve already seen it in the movie!
- Is Luke a demon in the show?
- This new Valentine reminds of Hugh Jackman when he shaved his head for the film Pan.
Reminder: Please don’t rip me apart with this review, I mean it’s all my opinion! If they would have kept it in film format we wouldn’t be having this bit right now. So what are your thoughts? What did you like or didn’t like about the first episode?