Monday, July 30, 2012

Movie Monday 11: Java Jones

We are just over a year away from the theatrical release of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ and the hype for the adaptation of the internationally best selling series by Cassandra Clare will only continue to grow as the release draws nearer.

I’ve banded together with other ‘Mortal Instruments’ fansites (TMI Source, Mundie Moms, TMI Examiner and TMI News en Espanol) for a weekly feature called Movie Monday.

Each Monday leading up to the August 23, 2013, release of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,’ we will take a look at a scene, moment, detail, etc. and give our opinions on how we think it will be interpreted in the big screen adaptation.

Here is my thoughts on the Java Jones scene from Chapter 3: Shadowhunter:

The "Shadowhunter" chapter sheds more light on the mysterious world of nephilim and downworlders, mostly happening at (or outside) the coffee house Java Jones. I feel this scene must be in the movie for a number of reasons.

The backdrop of this part of the book takes place as Simon and Clary go to see Eric do a hideous poetry session at Java Jones. I'm dying to see Simon (Robert Sheehan) looking antsy as he tries to tell Clary (Lily Collins) how much he wants her to be his girlfriend and how oblivious Clary is to this fact. I can't wait for that moment when she notices Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) sitting there in the shop, hidden from everyone but her, and how she abruptly runs out after him when he goes outside.

The interaction between them outside Java Jones is just as necessary. Jace tries to find out what she is. Clary is confused and annoyed at his inherent babbling about Shadowhunters but interested enough to stay and talk. "Declarations of love amuse me, especially when unrequited" is one of my favorite lines by Jace. He realizes how much Simon, the most mundane of mundanes, likes Clary even though she clearly doesn't feel the same. This is just another revelation he is trying to share with Clary. It's a way to open her eyes to all the truths she seems to miss in her life.

I'm equally just as excited to see when Clary opens her mind up enough to see Jace's runes, thus confirming his suspicions about her. This leads to an unexpected set of calls from her mom (Jocelyn is portrayed by Lena Headey), where Clary realizes she is in danger. Jace tries to help, but Clary lashes out at him, scraping her nails along his face. She runs off into the night to save her mom. This scene will be a great transition to the attack on Clary by the Ravener demon.

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