This was a quite good adaption of a book. I thought the actress playing Clary did a good job. Casting got most of the male characters right as for being teens, tall, lean and full of angst. I did think Simon and Magnus Bane were a bit off though. The set design was great and I was able to follow the story better in the film than in the book. Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentin was simply brilliant although I thought a tad too young to be anyone's father. I do dislike that the critics now compare all films made from YA (young adult) books series to Twilight and The Hunger Games. Twilight is not the be all and end all of literature and to hold that as some kind of standard is ridiculous and Bella should never be anyone's role model.