Mortal Engines Film Review – 12 Days of Blogmas


Peter Jackson has a talent for bringing extensive and detailed fantasy worlds to life so I had hope for this franchise but I wasn’t in a million years expecting to love this film as much as I did. It’s always a good sign when you immediately want to pick up the books after watching a film adaptation and seeing this unique and wonderful world on screen now has me desperate to explore more of it and its characters.

The film follows the character of Hester Shaw who is a woman on a mission, a mission of revenge that involves the assassination of Thaddeus Valentine, head scientist and politician of London. However, her planned assignation is hindered and must join forces with Tom Natsworthyan outcast from London, along with Anna Fang, a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head, to stop Valentine and his plans for destruction.

The whole concept of having monster cities on wheels it so interesting and the stunning visuals help make this world so beautifully intricate and detailed that it honestly feels like you’re apart of this incredible world. The fight sequences were one of my favourite elements of the film and for some reason, I was getting some serious Star Wars vibes? For me, there was a perfect balance between exposition, character development, and action.

Even from the trailer, I knew I was going to love these characters, all of them are complex, compelling and of course badass heroes! I really do need to read the books as I need more of Hester and Tom and especially more of their relationship! We got a taste of their blossoming relationship in the film, but I just need more!

If you’re looking for a fun and action-packed adventure then this film is perfect for you. For me, it was an unexpected enjoyment and I film I know I’m going to watch again and again. If you’ve read the books and seen the film I’d love to know what you thought of the adaptation in the comments!

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