This movie is based on the book series about Demon chasers by Cassandra Clare. It is aimed at young adult girls, basically 14-17. Now if have any experience in raising a teenage girl between the ages of 14-17 you will find this concept ironic. 14-17 year old girls are actually possessed by Demons which makes us as parents demon chasers. My experience has been your best weapon is alcohol. Not to rub on them but to drink yourself for your own protection. The only cure known to man is time and a year away at college. In that vain I wanted to take a 14 year old girl with me. My daughter Kali is home from Japan for a few weeks so I took her. In truth she is 27 but to me she will always be 14 and she loves reading these kinds of books.
Lilly Collins who did a great job as Snow White in Mirror Mirror plays Clary. Clary starts writing symbols she doesn’t understand and starts seeing people that no one else sees. When her Mom, played by Lena Headey, disappears after being attacked by Demons she begins to realize something’s not normal.
There are two boys in Clary’s life, one is named Simon and he is played by Robert Sheehan. Simon is facing something worse than the Demon World. Simon is trapped in the “Friend Zone”, that place where guys who fall in love with girls who consider them their best friend, go to die. The other is a Shadowhunter who kills demons named Jace, played by Jamie Campbell Bower. He dresses all Goth, makes an Abercrombie and Fitch model look obese, and just happens to save her life. They hook up with other Shadowhunters played by Jemima West and Kevin Zeggers and go to find Clary’s Mom and protect the Mortal Cup, fighting demons, vampires, and werewolves along the way.
Honestly Kali and I both enjoyed the movie. She liked it more than I did, but I’m not the audience they’re looking for. The first 90 minutes were really good, but the last 40 seemed a little rushed trying to get everything in.
I think the material was a little too much for one movie but not enough for two. It doesn’t end with a cliff hanger so if another never makes it to the screen you’re not left hanging.
Is this a rip-off of Twilight, Harry Potter, and the Hunger games? Of course it is. Is it as good? Of course it’s not but it’s good enough for the audience that it’s trying to reach, and they assume it’s good enough to already be working on the sequel.
It’s Rated PG-13 for intense fantasy violence and action with some suggestive content.
My Score: 3 Buds