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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Seventh Son trailer: what the…?

So apparently there is an “acclaimed series” (of what? books? comics? a TV show?) but instead of telling that good-stuff story, this movie is merely stealing some ideas from it– er, was “inspired by” it.

This does not bode well.

Nor does this trailer. A bunch of monsters and dragons and witches and mystical mumbo-jumbo, some random fighting and kissing, and that’s meant to get us excited? When we can see anything at all that is, the trailer is so damn dark. I cannot distinguish this movie from the other medieval monster stories we’ve gotten recently (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Season of the Witch)… and none of them have been any good.


US/Canada release date: Jan 17 2014 | UK release date: Feb 2014
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  • LaSargenta

    Unfortunately, I don’t have time to watch the trailer (even though you make it sound sooooo enticing!) at the mo’, but, hey, generic idea about magic? Seventh Son? From that screenwriting instruction book…paging Dr. J. Campbell.

    Now the fifth daughter on the twelfth night,
    Told the first father that things weren’t right
    “My complexion”, she said, “is much too white”
    He said “come here and step into the light” he says “hmm, you’re right.
    Let me tell second mother this has been done.”
    But, the second mother was with the seventh son
    And they were both out on Highway 61.

  • Brian Baier

    Orson Scott Card wrote a book I enjoyed by the same name (first of a series), but this bears scant resemblance.

  • Rob

    Apparently, it’s based on a book series called THE WARDSTONE CHRONICLES, no books of which are called SEVENTH SON, making that text even MORE vague! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wardstone_Chronicles

  • Matt Clayton

    It just looks generic as hell. It was originally supposed to hit theaters October 18… but in hindsight the move to mid-January is better.

  • Karl Morton IV

    None of the earlier films you mention feature Jeff Bridges pretending to be Sean Connery, do they? (That IS what he’s doing, isn’t it?)

    I look forward to the sequel: SEVENTH SON 2: THE EIGHTH SON RETURNS AGAIN FOR REVENGE!!!

    Seriously, Julianne Moore looks like she’s having a whale of a time in this – and there are some other fun people in it as well. It’s a shame nobody seems to know what to do with this sort of story any more. :(

  • Prankster36

    It kind of seems like Jeff Bridges has decided to play Rooster Cogburn in every movie he makes from now on, regardless of whether it makes any sense or not.

  • Overflight

    Except Tron Legacy where he played Obi-Wan Lebowski.

  • RogerBW

    What with this and R.I.P.D., is Jeff Bridges this year’s Nicolas Cage? (Except he’s getting on a bit for the action stuff, so they have to give him a bland pretty-boy sidekick.)

    There might be a neat bit of subtext here about how “woman who doesn’t act like property” = “witch”, but somehow I doubt it.

    The source appears to be a YA book series by Joseph Delaney, The Wardstone Chronicles, starting with The Spook’s Apprentice (US vt Revenge of the Witch) (2004).

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