Seventh Son is a medieval dud. It also wasted a lot of talent.
Based on Joseph Delaney’s novel “The Spook’s Apprentice,” Seventh Son tells the story of Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges), a skilled witch hunter (or, “spook”) who must train a new apprentice after the evil witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) escapes her imprisonment. He takes on Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) because Tom, you see, is the seventh son of the seventh son which makes him especially suited to the job of killing supernatural beings. The story didn’t really work out for me considering that it was predictable and I knew what is going to happen at the very end of the movie.
The acting shockingly didn’t fare any better. Bridges fell flat in playing the role of Spook and in some cases I couldn’t understand some of the dialogue he was saying. Also for the fourth movie in a row, he plays a lovable drunk. It is time for a new role Mr. Bridges.
Julianne Moore (who is up for an Oscar for her memorable performance in “Still Alice”) will not receive another nomination for this movie. Her performance in this movie was very bland and didn’t really capture my attention. It is a shame really because Ms. Moore is a really gifted actress.
All of this could be forgiven if Seventh Son was at least entertaining. Nearly every piece of dialogue sounds like a parody of the genre and the attempt to alternate between humor and action falls flat on all fronts. As painstakingly designed and choreographed as the fight sequences are, they just never manage to excite or thrill and the actors couldn’t seem more disconnected from one another.
Well at least they tried. If they make a sequel, I’m sure it will be a lot better. Such a shame that two legendary actors talent were wasted on this movie.
Movie Rating: 4.5 out of 10