Seventh Son, with Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams & Djimon Hounsou. Director, Sergey Bodrov. I know people get a little tired of sword & sorcery fantasy, but those that indulge in fantasy tend to further indulge in a bit of the spells & dragons thing. Every so often, just to see what’s going on & to find out if there’s something fresh on the market. This film is a terrific example, but with a lead character that’s more than a bit lackluster it’s hard to get excited, while enjoying the movie as a whole.
While I’ve seen Barnes before, in a remake of Dorian Gray, do a an adequate job of being handsome with a bit of flair; his stupefied portrayal of an apprentice to legendary Bridges curmudgeon-monster-hunter is a passing joke & his appearance in any movie is something that I will avoid in the future. Frankly, there’s not much there except a professional actor that may appeal to teenagers who lack a sense of what exactly talent is & what its absence implies. Bottom line? No charisma, whatsoever.
However; the film is a perfect example of its kind & Moore’s glamorous rendition of a witch returned to find vengeance & domination & adeptly balanced with Bridge’s wonderful, dry wit performance.
If one ignores the first billed Barnes & focuses on the movie as a whole, it truly is a good experience. Not fantastic, but who needs wonderful when okay will do. Thus, I do recommend the film for viewing – if one also ignores the tepid & nearly invisible Vikander who’s role as Barnes’ love interest is a non-starter.
Not to worry. It’s cinema filled with Bridges & Moore & a whole lot more.