Seventh Son Film Review

Film Review by Jarred Tito
Seventh Son

The Premise
Young Thomas is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.

The Review
Well I must admit that I entered the theatre with a certain amount of apprehension after seeing the trailer and reading the synopsis. It seemed as though the writer and film makers had borrowed the three major themes out of The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and How to Train Your Dragon, mixed them all up in a big bowl of wishful thinking, added $94 million, threw in a couple of Oscar winners (Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore) made a ‘wish’ then served it up to their audiences. It was a real mishmash of clich├ęd ideas that didn’t always seem to work. For that kind of budget and caliber of actors I would have expected a lot more content by way of story, and coherency by way of telling it….ie Sergey Bodrov (Director) what were you thinking?

Young Thomas, an unlikely selection for the revered position of Gregory’s newest apprentice, battles with the moral dilemma, “do I kill the witch or do I fall in love with her? Meanwhile the local village slash Kingdom is thrown into utter chaos as the evil head witch Malkin (Moore) descends upon it releasing every manner of evil that she can by way of super carnivores slash witches, to avenge herself for the twenty years of unjust imprisonment. As it turns out, Malkin’s not all that bad but just a scorned lover? She’s angry at her ex (Gregory) who dumped her 20 years ago for a human woman? Anyway, Gregory has to kill her in order to save the town but Thomas, his new apprentice doesn’t want him to because he loves her sister’s daughter, who is also a witch, who once knew Thomas’ mother who is also a witch (but she keeps it a secret). This in turn, makes Thomas a man witch so should Gregory kill him too? Stop the bus!! Thomas is training to be a witch killer and he finds out that he himself is a witch so maybe he should kill himself?
Well I don’t want to spoil the movie for any serious family level, adventure, and fantasy movie goers so I had better focus on the positives.

Jeff Bridges is entertaining in his role. It is by no means anywhere near his classic roles like The Big Lebowski and True Grit but is certainly better than his role in the reboot of Tron in 3D. I’m trying to remember other points of the movie that I enjoyed in a singular way but am struggling. The CGI is a little tacky but okay as is the story. The love story between Thomas and the young witch doesn’t really work because it happens to easily. Love falls into their laps in spite of who they are. Perhaps the writers should consider classic pieces of writing such as, Romeo and Juliet? There doesn’t seem to be any chemistry at all and in most places it feels down right awkward and annoying. However, their young love does better than Gregory’s and Malkin’s love affair because it never happens. Why? It would have been the perfect romantic struggle! The writers definitely have to read Romeo and Juliet. (“Ever heard of a man called Shakespeare? He’s quite good…should read his stuff.” Is what I would say to the writer.)

The Verdict
I don’t want to completely right this movie off because, in spite of its many short-fallings, as a whole I did find myself being entertained throughout.
Seventh Son is not a classic. In fact the title and the word classic should never be used in the same sentence, ever… but it is watchable. I think if you’re after a family experience that is not too graphic or too lost in the details of witchcraft but enjoy light-hearted fantasy adventures…The Seventh Son might just be the movie for you and your tweens or young teens. It’s not a great film…but it’s not bad.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 5th March 2015
Rating: M – Contains violence and offensive language
Duration: 102 minutes 
Genre:  Action
Starring: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges |
Director: Sergey Bodrov  (A Yakuza's Daughter Never Cries)

The Extras
Based on book one of Joseph Delany' "The Last Apprentice" series, "The Spook's Apprentice."

Warner Bros. was originally supposed to release the film as part of a long-running partnership with the film's producer, Legendary Entertainment. Advertising materials were already being made when both parties agreed to end the partnership, and Legendary affiliated with Universal Pictures, which is now distributing the film. This explains why early posters still contain the Warner Bros. logo.

After Alex Pettyfer bowed out from the project, Shiloh Fernandez, Sam Claflin, Caleb Landry Jones and James Frecheville tested for the lead role.

Initially set to be released in theaters in January of 2014 but due to production delays the film was pushed back to 2015.

Reunites Jeff Bridges with Julianne Moore after The Big Lebowski (1998).