Movie review – Seventh Son: It’s just not spooky enough

2015-01-11 15:00

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Seventh Son

Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander

3/5

Joseph Delaney’s spook books, as they are affectionately called in our house, are dark and scary.

They unearth all the things that could possibly go bump in the night for a Harry Potter audience that likes its magic much darker.

The film version – which is inspired by Delaney’s first book, The Spook’s Apprentice – errs on the side of fantasy. That’s not to say it isn’t good viewing. It just doesn’t capture the pathos of the novels.

Jeff Bridges is the vague, shaggy sage, the Spook who is tasked with ridding the county of witches and the like to ensure the safety of the citizens.

His apprentices don’t last long and the first to go the way of all flesh is Kit Harington, better known as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.

After he’s despatched by Julianne Moore’s copper-headed Mother Malkin, the queen of witches, young Tom Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son, takes up the challenge and becomes an apprentice to the Spook.

There’s some romance and a whole lot of duelling with magical creatures, but this is not a movie franchise that is likely to take off in the teen market like Harry Potter or Twilight.

It’s a pity, because the books are better written than both those series.

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