Rated PG-13 | Time: 1:42
This is the weekend for heroes to step up and save the world. “Jupiter Ascending” has voracious aliens. “SpongeBob” has a pirate. And “Seventh Son” has a witch queen in the form of Julianne Moore.
A wizened Jeff Bridges recruits the seventh son of a seventh son (Ben Barnes, straight out of “Narnia”) to take down the power-hungry witch in her mountaintop lair (it was filmed in British Columbia).
The movie, from Russian director Sergei Bodrov, is based on the first book in Joseph Delaney’s fantasy-lit series, “The Wardstone Chronicles.” It wasn’t screened for U.S. critics in time for our deadlines. Those who somehow managed to see it weren’t happy:
▪ Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter: “Takes an A-list crew and cast … and goes nowhere new with it, investing lots in VFX and locations but not enough in an original story anyone cares about. … If anything, the movie offers up the guilty pleasure of seeing Bridges and Moore duel it out in front of countless green screens and a few stunning Canadian backdrops — two great actors clawing at each other with magic staffs and fake fire, trying to survive in the netherworld of heroic kitsch.”
▪ Peter Debruge, Variety: “Has the cluttered feel of an over-designed, under-conceived fantasy epic.”
| Sharon Hoffmann, firstname.lastname@example.org