It’s not often that production companies come with track records you seem to naturally trust. Not in the way that every film they make will be amazing, but at the very least that everything that make will range from good to great. A few of these production companies, in my eyes, are Working Title, Pixar, and Legendary Pictures. There are others of course, but for now they slip my mind. So with Seventh Son putting out a trailer that was just ok was one thing, but when I saw it was made by Legendary Pictures, gave it more props in my eyes, and so I decided to check it out.
Well, either Legendary Pictures got this one horribly wrong, or the filmmakers took a good package and just dropped the ball, but either way this was just a boring middle of the road fantasy adventure. What’s worse though, is they kill off the recognisable name sidekick, who seemed far more interesting and skilful, only to replace him with the less interesting and less skilled newbie who has one week to master every skill that normally takes decades. That’s bad writing on many levels.
With a pretty damn decent cast, spearheaded by Academy award winners Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, and backed up by Academy award nominated actor Djimon Hounsou, you’d have thought everything would be on fire. Instead you’re left with a film that felt like it didn’t have a real writer or creative storyteller behind it. Instead it felt like the visual effects, stunt, make-up, costume, and special effect teams got together to make a film, and just put in stuff they ‘thought’ would be cool. Instead it was a bit of a boring mess.
6 out of 10 from me!!!