In theatres this Friday from director Sergey Bodrov and Universal Pictures is the mythology and lore that comes along with being a SEVENTH SON.
Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a seventh son and a local spook that has the ability to deal with witches and ghouls. Always in the company of an apprentice, Gregory doesn’t have the best of luck keeping them alive.
Needing an apprentice, Gregory finds Tom (Ben Barnes), a young man who is a seventh son of a seventh son and pays the boys father to take him. Tom’s Mam (Olivia Williams) is not happy about her son leaving but gives him a necklace asking him to wear it always.
Not sure what to expect, Gregory goes into a whirlwind of explanation about what Tom would find, especially since the escape of Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore). A powerful witch that Gregory believed he had imprisoned, now knowing that with the blood moon coming, Malkin would try to take her revenge.
While collecting supplies, Tom meets Alice (Alicia Vikander), a lovely young woman who has a secret of her own, she is also a witch. Not just any witch, she is the niece of Malkin! Her mother, Bony Lizzie (Antje Traue) is the sister of Malkin who believes they should follow every order the Queen gives.
Malkin calls the spirits Radu (Djimon Housou), the Inquisitor, Urag, Sarikin, Strix and Virahadra to begin the war again Gregory and Tom. What the Queen doesn’t suspect is that Tom is no ordinary apprentice – he is much more!
FINAL WORD: Barnes as Tom is a young man seemingly willing to try anything. That’s not always a good thing when you have Boggarts (thinking they jumped screens from Harry Potter actually) and other crazy creatures trying to end life. Of course there is a twist that is interesting. But then again I always find it interesting that a kid with no real training manages to become practically a ninja warrior in a short amount of time. I still like Barnes though.
Bridges as Gregory once again plays a mentor to an apprentice. I sort of felt this was a repeat to his role of The Giver in the film THE GIVER. I would never say that The Dude didn’t do a good job, it’s just it’s a safe one these days. I am also not quite sure why they felt to need to give this character a ridiculous accent that makes it twice as difficult to understand what he is saying. That’s twice this week I’ve had that problem with a film and I’m standing my ground on this – just talk for gawd’s sake!
Moore as Malkin is a mish mash of Ravenna from SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and Maleficent from MALEFICENT. She is angry because she was spurned by a man and seems to enjoy shape shifting to get the job done. Her niece Alice new from moment one this isn’t a character you want to trust. However, I was never really clear what her intentions were because she was to busy being angry at everyone. I think she needs a hug and intense psychoanalysis. Moore is lovely but I enjoy her performances more in films like this year’s STILL ALICE.
Vikander as Alice is very sweet even though she is a witch. There isn’t a lot in the way of story line for her other than to keep Barnes’ character busy. Traue as Bony Lizzie is just happy to be beautiful again.
Other cast include: John DeSantis as Tusk, Gerard Plunkett as Inquisitor, Jason Scott Lee as Urag, Kandyse McClure as Sarikin, Luc Roderique as Strix, Zahf Paroo as Virahadra and Kit Harington as Mr. Bradley.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give SEVENTH SON three tubs of popcorn out of five. Once again this seems to be the week for films that aren’t hideous really, just unoriginal. SEVENTH SON is not original in the sense that I felt I was watching several films I had seen before or maybe a mash up of films I’ve seen before.
Of course the creatures were cool and I think that more than anything will keep the attention of a younger audience that enjoys this genre. I wish the story had more to offer but the year is still early.
So if you are looking for a little fun with the family and a film that has a lot of special effects and creatures then gather up the family to see SEVENTH SON.
In the end – when darkness falls the son will rise!