Posted by: greercn | April 1, 2015

Seventh Son

Jeff Bridges’ character Master Gregory swallowed a frog that had inhaled Sean Connery’s voice and dropped it by an octave. And there are adorable-looking people that turn into monsters of the Godzilla-lite variety.

This may be all that stays with you after seeing “Seventh Son”.

Young Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) follows the Master as an apprentice to confront and end evil. He gets help from his mother (Olivia Williams as Mam Ward) and from a lovely young woman Alice (Alicia Vikander).

Master Gregory? Mam Ward? Are we in olde times or rural Ireland? Julianne Moore (Mother Malkin) and Djimon Honsou (Radu) are among the baddies out to kill the master and his apprentice.

If you like fantasy and monsters, there’s good stuff to watch here. Lots of CGI makes for BIG monsters and the scenery is mostly British Columbia in Canada, so it’s all rather beautiful.

But that voice of Jeff Bridges. Who thought that would be a good idea! Why oh why?

Despite these complaints and (inevitably) based on a young adult novel that will never make it onto my reading list, I still enjoyed the experience of watching this movie.

All of the many, many production houses that made these creatures provided employment for many talented artists.

Which is good.



  1. It’s a shame it won’t ever make it onto your reading list. It was a well-executed book. I didn’t think the movie did as well as the book.

    • Now you’ve provoked me, I will seek out the book. The title “The Spook’s Apprentice” puts me off. But now – thanks to you – I will find it and read it. Thank you!

      • I wouldn’t have started it if not for nearly physical coercion by a buddy of mine, but then I finished it entirely willingly, and now I suggest it to people regularly. It’s a fun world.

  2. That’s cool. So much that I enjoy ends up in the young adult section. That’s where innovation is happening. Thanks for the provocation.

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