By Candace Salima, Senior Contributor, USDR
Movie: Seventh Son
Director: Sergei Bodrov
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and Ben Barnes
If you’ve read the books, forget them. The movie has very little to do with the books. Oh, Thomas Ward and Spook are there, as well as Alice and Mother Malkin, but the rest was created out of thin air. I decided to just toss away what I knew about the books and enjoy the movie, which is what you’ll have to do as well. If you’re a purist about the Joseph Delaney novels, you’re going to have some trouble with the movie. That being said, it was really good.
Loosely based on Books 1 and 2 of the Seventh Son, it now goes something like this. Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and a witch, and he becomes the apprentice of the man who deals with those things that go bump in the night . . . and then some. His name is Spook, also known as Gregory. Mother Malkin is a really, really bad witch who happens to be Queen of the Witches. She’s been in a pit topped with iron slats for ten years, and was put there by Spook. She escapes and intends to bring all the hoards of hell against the earth so that she can . . . rule the earth. Really, isn’t that what every megalomaniac bad guy wants to do?
Jeff Bridges, who apparently just talks weird now (three movies now), is the Spook. He takes Thomas on as an apprentice and begins teaching him the craft of conquering evil spirits, witches, boggarts, etc. The battle between good and evil ensues and that’s where the story unfolds.
The story is strong, and the special effects are spot on. I’d say the writing, while good, completely missed the mark by not sticking with the stories written by Delaney. However, the direction is good and Bodrov pulled good performances out of the actors. All in all, I think it’s a movie you’ll enjoy. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. They can’t earn five stars because the filmmakers didn’t even try to work with the books.
Candace E. Salima is an author, columnist, public speaker and political activist. A frequent radio guest on shows around the nation, she is valued for her viewpoint on a variety of subjects, particularly politics. She is co-owner and Vice-President of Marketing of CommuniTXT. Follow Candace on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Learn more about her on www.candacesalima.com.