My son and I saw an early screening of Seventh Son earlier in the week. The film is basically a witch hunter story (similar to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters). Seventh Son isn’t a great movie, but my son and I both liked it better than the Jupiter Ascending movie, which we also saw earlier this week. I think one of reasons we liked it better is because we had lower expectations for Seventh Son (compared to Jupiter Ascending). It’s one of those cases of under-promising and over-delivering (Seventh Son) vs over-promising and under-delivering (Jupiter Ascending). Seventh Son (Legendary Pictures and Universal Studios) opens in theaters today. Continue reading to learn six things about the movie.
Six Things About Seventh Son
The apprentice is the seventh son of a seventh son
The main characters in Seventh Son are Master Gregory, Mother Malkin, and Tom Ward. Gregory is a spook, which is essentially a witch hunter. Malkin is the queen of the witches, and Ward is the Spook’s apprentice. The story starts off with Malkin getting imprisoned. She escapes years later because the upcoming blood moon gives her extra strength. It also means that unless Malkin is stopped, she and the other witches will rule all the lands. Malkin has powerful allies, so Gregory enlists the help of Tom, who is the seventh son of a seventh son. Apparently, being the seventh son of a seventh son means you’re special.
It’s another witch hunter story
In my opinion, Seventh Son is very similar to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. The storyline is about the same. But instead of a brother and sister team, the witch hunters consisted of the Spook and his apprentice. The weapons are also different. In Seventh Son, the main weapons are swords and knives instead of hi-tech crossbows. In addition, the witches and their allies have the ability to change into dragons and other scary creatures. BTW, in both stories the witches has to be stopped before the arrival of the Blood Moon. I should also mention that there is a common twist that involves one of the main characters near the end of both films.
The epic battle at the end was unsatisfying
As expected, there was a big battle at the end of the movie. But the main battle wasn’t between the two main characters I was expecting. Malkin ends up fighting someone unexpected at the end of the story. And in my opinion, she died relatively easily. I was expecting a drawn-out battle, but that was not the case. Then when she was defeated, I was expecting the witch to reveal her real plan to defeat the good guys. But there was no secret plan. Her defeat was just anticlimactic.
The movie is too short
102 minutes. That’s how long the film is. One hour and forty-two minutes. And that includes the end credits. In my opinion, that was too short for this type of movie. I was expecting more. When the story ended, I was thinking “that’s it?” In a way this is a good sign because if Seventh Son was a bad film, I would be glad it was over.
Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore are the big names in the movie
Seventh Son stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes. Jeff Bridges played the part of Master Gregory (the witch hunter). He did a fine job, but throughout the movie he talked like he had tobacco in his mouth. Julianne Moore is the evil witch (Mother Malkin), and Ben Barnes played the part of Tom Ward (the apprentice). The movie also featured Alicia Vikander (Alice), Kit Harington (Billy Bradley), Djimon Hounsou (Radu), Olivia Williams (Mam), Antje Traue (Bony Lizzie), Jason Scott Lee (Urag), Kandyse McClure (Sarikin), David Cubitt (Rogue Knight), Gerard Plunkett (Prelate), Julian Black Antelope (tomb robber), Luc Roderique (Strix), and Lilah Fitzgerald (Cate Ward). Seventh Son was directed by Sergey Bodrov.
Seventh Son is rated PG-13
The movie is rated PG-13 for intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong language. There wasn’t any nudity and I don’t recall any profanity. The PG-13 rating is mainly for the intense action scenes and frightening characters.