Seventh Son Movie Review

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Master Gregory is the last living warrior of a clan, called Spooks, known for fighting off evil spirits. His claim to fame is that he imprisoned Mother Malkin, a all powerful witch, a long time ago. The local church informs him that the a local girl is possessed and he sees to if after getting throughly drunk. At the local church they do their best to exorcise the child. He performs his own counter spells and out pops Mother Malkin. As she falls into his trap, she kills his apprentice, and escapes. She then goes out to rebuilt her fallen empire. Gregory then sets off to find the “Seventh Son” to help defeat her before she can rule the world.

This is one of the most standard movies I’ve seen in a while. It’s predictable, has a steady pace if not slow at times, and most of all it’s kinda boring. It falls along the same storyline of a guy having some need to find the mystical chosen one for some exceedingly difficult task. Just like the Matrix, the Hobbit, or even most of the Elder Scrolls videogame series. After that there’s a mild kinda training montage with a series of tests. Then theres really contrived love subplot between the chosen one and a villain. It’s explained, but all the interactions are something to be desired. Half the time it seemed like he was just a horny dude and the ladies actions were so obvious the blind could see what she’s doing. Then theres the other love story subplot between Master Gregory and Mother Malkin that is nearly non-existent. Plot holes this size aren’t forgivable and I lost interest about the two characters whenever they interacted. From a viewer perspective its discouraging because the back story between the two love birds needs to be told in order to place empathy and some kind of concern for their welfare.

That’s the main problem that this movie has: it struggles to develop anything. The characters are almost copy pasted out of other movies. Like: Gregory is the stereotypical war vet who’s a cynic and drinks too much. Thats only every other hero ever told in just about ever movie/book/video game genera out there. Malkin is the bad guy in the film with little to no explanation as to why she wants to rule over the world other then “just because.” At least over the top James Bond villains had an excuse. Some hated society, some wanted to change society, and with Malkin it’s implied she wants to destroy it or get revenge, but its not throughly talked about. Its appalling that the main two characters are as deep as a puddle. Everything is really spelled out in simple sentences and nothing is drawn out to any length to give a impression that there’s any growth amongst anything.

Jeff Bridges add some character to Master Gregory, but comes off as being completely odd. He talks with some kind of accent, but since no one else does, nor anywhere they visit, seems to have this kind of accent it sticks out like a soar thumb. Some people are sure to like his strange characters quips, but its usually hit or miss with this movie depending on the scenes circumstances. Ben Barns was probably the worst in the film. His acting and delivery on most spots were stale. Also the chemistry between him and Alicia Vikander was exceedingly forced. Alicia Vikander was OK for the most part, but failed to get emotional intense when needed. Julianna Moore is as good as ever, but her character was so average that I don’t think her acting could help that.

The Seventh Son boils down to having a stale plot and some very average fighting scenes. They spent more time changing into dragons or fighting then doing anything else. Everyones acting is here and there and is jumbled between good acting and rather stale pieces. The visuals are alright, but with so many contrived and cliche things thrown on top of it it doesn’t do anything to improve the situation. For a fantasy movie this is a very average experience and I’d recommend almost anything that’s come out in the last 10 years over this.

I’d wait till this one came out on DVD.

4.5/10

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Man of Steel

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Some spoilers!

Jor-El (Russel Crow) is a scientist tries to convince the rulers of Krypton to abandon the planet due to it being completely dry of resources. General Zod throws a revolution against the current rulers and kills them. As Jor-El then fears for his sons life, the first natural born person on Krypton in eons, rushes off to ship his son to Earth. Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) grows up knowing his different and learns of his extraterrestrial heritage. He eventually has to defend Earth from General Zod who wants to rule Earth and rebuild Krypton.

This is a great fast paced movie. It starts with a bang with the destruction of Krypton. The struggles of any kid are amplified because Clark slowly starts to realize he’s different and his parents help him hide what he is. Later he travels the globe taking odd jobs and helping who he can when he can. Yes there is some immaturity to his actions, but most are within reason and for the greater good.

The greatest parts of the movie is that despite all Superman is facing he still takes time to see if others are OK, or safe. There’s a few scenes where he does ask if someone is OK during the middle of a fight or sky scrapers crashing down around everyone. This movie truly captures the essence of the Superman character: a almost pure (i.e. completely good) person. Which running into someone so flawless probably would be alien in itself which only adds to the stand-off-ish kinda personality of Superman.

In return this movie isn’t about much else. Yes, it answers questions like it tells why Jor-El sent Superman to Earth. It fails to be something concrete considering Superman would have turned out the way he did regardless because with most people ‘the apple doesn’t fall far form the tree.’ It also completely ties up whatever loose ends concerning the origins of Superman, and it did a lot better then I had expected.

Although I don’t understand why they introduced Lois Lane (Amy Adams), and their relationship so early. She came much later in Clark/Superman’s life and was more obsessed/in love with Superman then Clark. She was the making of a modern day working woman who’s more invested in a career then some man. So the fact that they left the whole relationship completely open was fine by me. It also left everyone to assume that it would be something in the sequel.

Oddly enough many have complained that half the movie doesn’t have Superman in it. Superman, in any form whether it be comics, movies, or tv shows, was rarely just about Superman. It was about the good in humanity, the durability of the human spirit, and how there are millions more out there like him willing, wanting, and able to help but they just can’t fly. More then half the characters in the displayed this. The best example was the side character Colonel Nathan Hardy, who was played by Christopher Meloni. I guess all those years on Law and Order: SVU did him well. Anyway, the two characters relationship develops over time and Colonel Hardy eventually sides with Superman. This showed Supermans slow ‘talk-things-through’ approach that you often see in the comics and it worked well with this character.

Every one did a decent job acting wise. Henry Cavill was good as Superman, but needs more lines to explore the emotional side of the character. Amy Adams was a cute additive, but, as said before, wasn’t really needed, even with the story structure. Richard Schiff did a decent job for most of the movie, but when the shit hit the fan in the later half of the movie he needed a little more UMPH to the performance when he realized everything was going to end for them badly. Michael Shannon was great as a insane bad ass as usual. Russell Crowe was great as ominous narrator, but the drama is sapped away later in the movie due to how calm him and Kent seem while they know billions could die in the next few hours.

This is worth seeing in theaters. The action is spot on and fun to watch. The character development is steady and leaves enough room for a sequel. It completely explores the Superman origins, even though it’s told in a more modern day explanation, and fully develops the Superman character. It even gives side characters enough room to grow. Just ignore the critics and go with a friend.

9.0/10

8.0/10 – IMDB

55/100 – Metacritic Critics Score

8.3/10 – Metacritic User Score