Presented by / 2/08/2015 / No comments / , , , ,

JEFF BRIDGES & BEN BARNES IN SEVENTH SON

2015 rating: ***
Right off the bat we have two familiar Fantasy genre visions, and they’re one in the same: First a giant formidable eyeball that turns into a dragon... And if both THE HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS weren’t enough, after we meet two intrepid tavern-dwelling warriors, one young and another old, there’s a little girl channeling evil straight from THE EXORCIST only her ailment has to do with being possessed by a Witch, not The Devil.

Backing up a bit… The young hero previously mentioned, under the tutelage of witch-hunting Master Gregory, doesn’t last long despite his potential. Jeff Bridges isn't a wise sage or a passive “Giver” this time around and yet, resilient with a sword as any man well under half his age, he still needs someone fresh and spry for training purposes.

Ray's Sinbad Inspiration
Enter the new hope, a SEVENTH SON of a Seventh Son in this better-than-expected Medieval romp paying tribute to old school creature flicks ala Ray Harryhausen and even his childhood inspiration, KING KONG…

Without too much expository dialogue, each scene is linked by bombastic action sequence sporadically hindered by a would-be "cursed romance" between Ben Barnes’ Tom Ward and a lovely young witch girl. Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges gets his first billing's worth. Since his monopoly blunts the potential training between the duo, perhaps more hands-on experience on the field was intentional over something that might seem too Merlin or Yoda.

Ironically, the biggest distraction is also the most important aspect: Julianne Moore as Mother Malkin, the shape-shifting lead villain that becomes a dragon during battle. Without her stagey input there would be no plot, sure. But the two leads could have fought a handful of witches and it wouldn’t have made any difference since it's the their job. And in a dark horse adventure that settles with comfortable mediocrity over epic grandeur, they do it pretty well. OVERALL RANK: Jedi, Rebel, Droid, Sith.
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews & Interviews: Grinding Facts, Theories & Pop Culture into Every Writeup

CLICK FOR TV REVIEWS

CLICK FOR TV REVIEWS
Columbo to Cable to Television Movies

ETERNAL ART OF FILM NOIR

ETERNAL ART OF FILM NOIR
Classic Crime Gumshoe Gangster & Neo Noir

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

CINEMA BY JAMES M. TATE

CINEMA BY JAMES M. TATE
Written with a Goose-Quill Dipped in Venom

Blog Archive

WEBSITE INFORMATION

WEBSITE INFORMATION
RANDOM QUOTE: "I'm gonna tell you something... You know, you couldn't plant enough flowers around here to kill the smell." Glenn Ford, The Big Heat

Popular This Month

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE
Dana Andrews is the Patron Saint 'Round Here

DANA ANDREWS ZONE

THE SHORTLIST

FAV FILMS
1)THE MAN
FROM LARAMIE
2)JAWS 3)LAURA
4)THE CROWDED SKY
5)THE FEARMAKERS
6)CANYON PASSAGE
7)RAIDERS FROM
BENEATH THE SEA
8)JOURNEY
INTO FEAR
9)HOT CARS
10)VIOLENT
SATURDAY

TOP SEVEN ACTORS
1)DANA ANDREWS
2)JAMES CAGNEY
3)MARLON BRANDO
4)ORSON WELLES
5)JACK NICHOLSON
6)CHARLES BRONSON
7)TOM COURTENAY

TOP FIVE DIRECTORS
1)RICHARD FLEISCHER
2)JACQUES TOURNEUR
3)STANLEY KUBRICK
4)OTTO PREMINGER
5)ORSON WELLES

STAR WARS & STAR TREK

STAR WARS & STAR TREK
From Luke to Spock to Tribbles to Indiana Jones

All Time Popular

Blogs of Interest

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE
By Clicking Sexy Sue Lyon at the Evel Lounge