Monday, January 25, 2016

Shadowhunters: TV Review


The Mortal Instruments series is one of my favorites. I was obsessed with the books when I first read them and was incredibly excited when the movie was set to come out. I thought Jamie Campbell Bower was the perfect Jace, and I loved Robert Sheehan in Misfits, so I was excited to see him as Simon. And I couldn't believe they got Jonathan Rhys Meyers to be Valentine.

And then the movie came out. It could've been worse, but it also could've been better. I didn't think it was so bad to cancel the rest of the movies though. (I admit, I don't remember the movie that much, so it could be just wishful thinking.)

I was less excited about the TV show. After, JCB and Robert Sheehan, I just didn't think they could top those actors. But I was interested in seeing how they would re-envision it for the small screen, especially on ABC Family/Freeform. And since it's one of my favorite books, I figured I'd give it a try.

The budget seems much bigger than I expected. They have some decent special effects and the Institute is much more high tech (and also much different than I pictured it in my head or in the movie). Dominic Sherwood is a decent Jace, although I miss the British accent that Jace has in the movie. I really don't like Katherine McNamara's portrayal of Clary. She's whiny and annoying, (and doesn't seemed fazed with running in stiletto boots, despite that not being her her normal look. Though obviously that's not McNamara's fault). I do like Matthew Daddario's portrayal of Alec (which I was iffy with in the movie). He's very subdued and seems like a stick in the mud, which is exactly what he's supposed to be.

The writing is not great, and some of the character choices don't make sense, but it's still early in the season. I feel like pilot episodes usually aren't great, so this series could get better. I've also watched the second episode and it seems like the pacing is still a bit off and they're getting bogged down with the world-building (I mean, it is a lot). This series also about the characters, and right now, the audience doesn't get much from them. To me, that's the biggest flaw, and I hope they can sort it out in the episodes to come.

I'll probably keep watching and hoping it gets better, simply because I loved the books so much.

If you've watched the first few episodes, what did you think? Will you stick with it?

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