director Sergei Bodrov
A stormy Sunday had us venturing downtown to see a movie. Problem being that there really isn’t much worth venturing for out of the house right now. Sure there are some lingering movies up for Oscars, but those are due on DVD in weeks or days, for the most part. If it had been up to me, I would have taken us to see the Wachowski siblings’ Jupiter Ascending (2015) because even though it looks bad and has gotten bad reviews, it seems sort of interestingly bad.
Seventh Son, however, interested Felix and Clara more than Jupiter Ascending. And I let them make the call.
Starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, Seventh Son is an adaptation of a teen fantasy novel by Joseph Delaney called The Spook’s Apprentice, which I guess Felix had read and enjoyed. In fact, Felix had been kind of looking forward to this movie — at least until the reviews came in.
Now despite the fact that I am essentially writing a “review” myself here, I try not to put too much into the reviews I read. I mean, I like to gauge how in general critics and moviegoers esteem a movie’s qualities, but I also try to trust my own interest in a movie. In this case, I wasn’t particularly sold by the trailer or anything. But anyways, we went to see it.
And it’s not very good. It’s not dire or anything, but it’s extremely unremarkable.
Bridges is this “Spook”, a hunter of evil creatures from ghasts to witches (ghasts being level 6, witches being the top of evil – a very post D&D world). And Bridges loses his apprentice and needs another one, a “seventh son of a seventh son” whose significance matters exactly why? And he finds it in Tom (Ben Barnes), who he enlists to fight Moore, the witch who is attempting to take over everything under a blood moon.
Strangely, all the villains of this film are either women or non-white or both. What is up with that?
Felix tells me that the film strayed considerably from the book. I don’t know. I do know that none of us was impressed by the film. I file it under the heading of “most likely to be forgotten”.