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A few words from the theaters

September 11, 2013 - Pam Rodgers

I have been remiss in my blogging about the movies I have seen at the theater. Admittedly, I do like these “roundup” blogs slightly better than the a blog dedicated to one film. Some films are worth it, but for the majority, I can just mention a few highlights and move on.

My cinema going has been fairly stunted in the last few months. However, I was able to see two films I have been looking forward to: “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”

Both are based on popular fiction novels. Overall, I’d say both movies were acceptable entertainment. Both films were not a smash hit at the Box Office — not like Harry Potter, Twilight or Hunger Games. I try not to judge a movie based on the money it makes, though. For me, I'm happy just to see these characters brought to life on the big screen.

• “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

I really did enjoy this movie. It was a little different than the book, but the key components were all included. I have read the entire series. Ask my family. I was immersed in the books for a few weeks, reading all five that have been published. The sixth book is out in March 2014 and I constantly check for updates.

Now that I have seen the movie, it made me want to read book one again. Jace was well cast. Jamie Campbell Bower did a good job with the smart-mouthed, tortured young shadowhunter. Lilly Collins as Clary was a good fit. She handled the transition between the “normal” world and the magical one very convincingly.

I am glad production on “City of Ashes” is already underway. I’d be upset if we didn’t at least get the first trilogy in theaters.

UPDATE: After I posted this blog, I got word that Constantin Films has decided to delay "City of Ashes" indefinitely. This makes me sad, but I can’t say I’m totally shocked. Kickstarter anyone?

“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”

This is the book series I have been meaning to read and never got around to it. That being said, I enjoyed the two movies that Hollywood has given us.

“Sea of Monsters” found our demigods a little older and facing different challenges, with some new characters. Percy and the gang have to go on a new quest to find the Golden Fleece and save Camp Half-blood and all of Olympus. The pace is a little faster than the first film so that’s a plus. I hope they’ll get to make at least one more and tidy up that cliffhanger they left us with.

Oh and seeing Nathan Fillon as Hermes is worth the admission, though his part was more of a cameo than anything.



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