Seventh Son (2014)
USA – 103 min – Fantasy (Drama?)
Directed by Sergei Bodrov
Written by Charles Leavitt & Steven Knight (screenplay), Matt Greenberg (screen story), Joseph Delaney (novel)
Here’s the deal: I’ve never been one of those maniacs of fantasy nor a LOTR fan and didn’t understand at all that fascination with medieval-inspired magic worlds. It wasn’t until I saw my very first fantasy film – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I was enchanted! Suddenly, new doors opened for me. And then the next Hobbit movie came out. Disappointment. And… the last one. Better than the second chapter, fortunately. Therefore, I decided not to give up on fantasy movies. Not yet.
And now back to the topic. There’s a story of witch. Not “a witch”, no Harry Potter kind of witch, but THE witch – Mother Malkin, who is said to be the queen of the witches. She’s one badass (and totally bad at the same time) magic woman who transforms into cool dragon. And yet we can still add +1 awesomeness to the character as she has the face, the body and the voice of Julianne Moore, who fit into the role perfectly. Just how awesome is that!
Malkin used to be a good witch-being but people didn’t understand her, treated her badly (emo? ;c) etc. So… she became evil. And lost the love of a man. Who happens to be ‘the Spook’ played by Jeff Bridges. And kills evil magic villains. Like witches.
So now there’s a quest of the Spook, a.k.a. Master Gregory (or, Drunken Master imitation), his loyal, probably immortal but useless sidekick Tusk and the seventh son of the seventh son to kill Mother Malkin before she takes over the world and kill people or something. The 7th son, a.k.a. Tom Ward, meanwhile falls in love with half-witch niece of Malkin and brings us the cheap soap opera elements. Hurray.
The stunning, breath-taking (warning for the asthmatics!) special effects are beastly shadowed by poor plot. Dozens of cliches appear throughout the movie, along with illogical actions of characters, unfunny OVERused humor and too many unexplained and UNDERused themes. Seriously, that’s just annoying. What a pity they didn’t quite explore the psychological aspects of Malkin’s personality transformation! Perhaps Master Gregory wasn’t supportive enough as a lover and just ran away?
I just get the feeling they could have created so much more out of what they had and give us a better, deeper movie with much more intellectual value included.
The best sum up to this review came to my mind right at the end of the movie:
You know the movie is weak when the best part of it is closing credits. I kid you not – it rules! The main reason may be ’cause there was no plot nor dialogues involved, just amazing graphic design, editing and music.
But still, the questions arise:
Why did it have to be the 7th son of the 7th son? Was the grandpa a 7th son as well? Whose descendants are they anyway?!
My rate: 6 dragons out of 10 dragons (and only thanks to the graphic designers that created topping dragons and other ripping creatures. Well done!)
Can someone please recommend me any great fantasy movie? Anyone?