DVD Review: Seventh Son
Seventh Son is based on Joseph Delaney’s young-adult novel The Spook’s Apprentice, and stars Jeff Bridges as the weary old wizard, Master Gregory, and Julianne Moore plays the role of Mother Malkin, a fantastically evil witch.
Moore is great as the shape-shifting witch, and some of the fight scenes are the sort to have you on the edge of your seats. But before you get to any of that, you have to get past Bridges, who speaks like he’s just come back from the dentist and the anesthetic hasn’t worn off, and no-one told him to take the cotton buds out of his mouth. What’s more, it’s like Bridges has recently attended an impressive course in the act of over acting.
Trying to take Bridges character seriously is a bigger challenge than scaling Everest with no oxygen, and sadly it overshadows everything else in the film.
If you like fantasy and want something to kill an evening, Seventh Son might fit the bill, but if you’re on the fence, this is more likely to knock you off rather than foster a love for the genre.