Review

Plot: When Mother Malkin, the queen of evil witches, escapes the pit she was imprisoned in by professional monster hunter Spook decades ago and kills his apprentice, he recruits young Tom, the seventh son of the seventh son, to help him.

Review: It’s understandable why this movie faced delays and problems before its release as it does feel like a million other fantasy stories we’ve seen before. Ben Barnes’ character Tom Ward is incredibly bland and the script is quite poor as well.

Jeff Bridges looks like he’s having fun as he tries to do his best Gandalf impression but the characters just weren’t very memorable. Even Julianne Moore felt wasted as the forgettable villain Mother Malkin who had a really dull backstory, but she does the best with what she’s given.

In its favour Seventh Son does have some imaginative monsters and plenty of action; it also has a small role from one Jason Scott Lee; remember him? It’s a shame he never became a big star after Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story as I always found him to be very charismatic on screen. He only has a few lines in this but it’s great to see him in a movie again.

The music score from Marco Beltrami is suitably noisy with epic choirs and has an old-school fantasy movie feel.

It’s filmed in some spectacular looking locations and creates an interesting looking fantasy world and the visual effects in general are nicely done. It’s well paced and moves along well so I didn’t find myself checking my watch at any point.

It’s a bad sign though when I just watched it last night and I can barely remember it already; it’s left open for a sequel which will likely never happen but it wraps everything up enough to work as a standalone movie.

Overall, Seventh Son will appeal to fantasy fans who like awesome monsters and an escape from reality for a few hours but the forgettable script and characters make this not really worth your time. Go watch Lord of the Rings or Pan’s Labyrinth instead.



About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.