Adventure/Fantasy fans will rejoice with the new release of Seventh Son. The rest of us will just tolerate it.
In this film, we have Jeff Bridges (True Grit, Stick It, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People) playing Master, Gregory the best and last Spook there is. A Spook being one who fights and does away with all the creatures who reside on the dark side. Demons, witches, dragons the works. The film begins with Master, Gregory having captured and contained one of the most powerful witches out there, Mother Malkin played by Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars, The English Teacher, 6 Souls) he imprisons her underground for decades until she finally gains enough power to break free. Now an old drunk Master, Gregory has an apprentice who he’s teaching to take his place, but soon after finding out Mother Malkin’s escaped his apprentice is made short work of. That’s where our star comes in, Tom Ward, played by Ben Barnes (Locked In, Easy Virtue, Stardust), is just a regular farm hand helping his family tend to their many animals. However he happens to be the seventh son of the seventh son! And that’s supposed to mean something. What, exactly, they never do explain in the film, however it is the title of the movie therefore it must be important! Gregory comes in and pays for Tom to come with him to be his new apprentice. Tom is just so desperate to get out of the farming business he’s just about ready to sign up for anything. Even if that ‘anything’ happens to have a very high death rate. Mother Malkin’s powers will be at their strongest at the rise of the red moon, which is just in one week! That’s how long Master, Gregory has to turn Tom into the next great lean mean monster killing machine!
Interesting enough, right? And the CGI is plenty and pretty cool. However there seem to be a lot of plots and not enough explanation for this movie. I want to get into some of them, but that would mean giving out a lot of spoilers! Let’s just say it has something to do with Tom’s mother, a stone necklace she gave him, and a love triangle between Gregory, Malkin and Gregory’s deceased wife. There are times when the movie drags, even in the fight scenes it somehow manages to be slow and unimpressive.
With this genre of movie we can’t forget the little snippet of romance that must be forced in there. Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Pure, Testament of Youth) plays Alice, a young half-witch who likes to disappear and reappear as she pleases and has taken a forbidden liking to Tom. She also happens to be the daughter of Bony Lizzie, Mother Malkin’s sister played by Antje Traue (5 Days of War, Pandorum, Man of Steel). I sense a loyalty conflict situation!
Rated PG-13 for intense fantasy violence, and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong language.
Rotten Tomatoes has Seventh Son at a 10% rotten. Oohh…
Die hard fantasy lovers will adore it. It’s got everything they’re looking for, witches, dragons, really cute apprentices. However, what it also has is unoriginal charters, a slow and steady pace, unanswered questions throughout, and a story line that kinda feels like it’s been done just one too many times.