Movie: The Seventh Son
PG-13, 2 hours
In a Nutshell: This heroic fantasy epic produced by Legendary Pictures hit movie theaters in France last month after almost a year’s worth of delays, but its United States release isn’t until February 6. It feels like a mash-up of every underdog apprentice who fights dragons and witches story you’ve ever seen. It’s fairly entertaining, but not truly memorable.
· Loyalty vs. betrayal
· If you dump your witch girlfriend, you’ll have you-know-what to pay for later.
Things I liked:
· There is a lot of morphing from various creatures into other creatures.
· Oscar-nominated Julianne Moore spends most of her time in front of a green screen and is often overpowered by all the CGI going on around her as the powerful Mother Malkin.
· There’s a nice little twist towards the end. I love twists, although this one didn’t surprise me.
· Much of the movie is filmed in front of a green screen, although there are some beautiful landscapes captured in British Columbia.
· Some of the shape-shifting was cool.
· There is some humor that allows the film to not take itself so seriously.
Things I didn’t like:
· Jeff Bridges growls like a crusty, old pirate with a drunken accent that’s often indecipherable. What’s with his billy-goat underbite? Now that I think about it, that’s about the only character he has played during the past several years.
· The animal monsters look obviously computer generated.
· The door is open for a sequel. Do we want to see more of this?
· Spoiler Alert: Soft-porn Game of Thrones fans will be sad to see their beloved Kit Harington not last long in this film.
· “I wonder what monsters dream about.” - Tom Ward (Ben Barnes)
“Probably humans.” – Alice
· “Luck is fine. Gold is finer.” – Master Gregory
· “You must never have more than one sip of this a day.” – Master Gregory
“Why not?” – Tom Ward
“Because it is mine.” – Master Gregory
· “Remember what I taught you? Ignore it.” – Master Gregory
· “You don’t die easy, do you?” – Master Gregory
· “That is disgusting. So, what does that kill?” Tom Ward
“Cowardice.” - Master Gregory
· “You live in a world where legend and nightmares are real.” – Master Gregory
Tips for Parents:
· Intense fantasy violence, some frightening images, some strong language.