Seventh Son Review

seventh_son1 The first thing I noticed about Seventh Son is that it stars Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, which I’m pretty sure makes it an official sequel to The Big Lebowski. (note to self: remember to change title of review to “The Big Lebowksi; Seventh Son”) This time his Dudeness fights witches and, as luck would have it, Maude Lebowski is the queen of the witches. El Duderino is a professional witch hunter called a spook (pretty sure that’s racist but whatever) and he watches his apprentice Jon Snow die at the hands of Maude. For a reason that I’m not sure was ever actually explained, The Dude can only recruit people who are the Seventh son of a Seventh son, and thus we meet our hero: Thomas Ward. I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself “Thomas Ward, what an outstandingly medieval sounding name” and trust me I agree. Together, Tommy Dubs and the bad guy from Iron Man 1 set out to destroy all witches, and look good doing it.seventhson2 I wouldn’t  go so far as to call Seventh Son an outright bad movie, but it’s certainly overambitious. It’s biggest flaw is that it spends too much of the first half of the movie on world building and not enough on character development. Bridges gives a really, really weird performance that is honestly worth the price of admission and the kid is likable enough, but we didn’t spend enough time with them to really be invested in them emotionally. The world building does give the movie a certain sense of uniqueness that is probably the movie’s biggest strength. There’s a real Dungeons and Dragons feeling; at one point Bridges calls a ghost “only a level 6 creature”. It’s a very colourful medieval fantasy movie, and I appreciated that aspect of it. Overall, while I enjoyed individual scenes, I just never connected to what is ultimately a pretty sloppy story.I give the movie  a 2/5 and Bridges performance gets a 5/5