This movie is based on Joseph Delaney’s ‘The Wardstone Chronicles’ series of novels. And from the looks of it, this movie focuses on the first book in that series ‘Revenge of the Witch’. The plot of the book goes like this:
“For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope, the last apprentice.”
I have heard about this series, but I have never read them. I went with George R. R. Martin’s ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series that day in the book store.
Did I make the correct choice?
I’m a huge fantasy novel/movie/RPG fan and, for me, just about every adaptation of novel to screen has been lacking. The exceptions to the rule are the previously alluded to ‘Game of Thrones’, the Harry Potter series (Although there was a ton of excellent material left on the pages but I loved the movies in their own right) and I’m going to include ‘Legend of the Seeker’. I really liked the TV show without having read the books but friends who did read the Terry Goodkind ‘Sword of Truth’ series said it differed too much. I will get to those novels someday…
Granted with any adaption from a book or book series there’s going to be things left out. Unless, of course, you are Peter Jackson and you make 16 hour long movies full of walking, walking and you got it, more walking. So I am sure fans of this written series will find fault with what they see on screen. I am going to go into this with a fresh perspective and with the hope that it doesn’t suck the big ding dong like the first ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ movie. (I mean come on… Jeremy Irons incoherently screamed his entire dialog. Plus you know the movie is bad when the best thing in said film was Marlon Wayans and they kill him off!)
I love ‘the Dude’ Jeff Bridges. I enjoy the supremely talented Julianne Moore. Ben Barnes is a good up and coming young actor. So this has some potential. ‘Seventh Son’ has a good look and feel to it. The CG in the trailer looks pretty good as well. I just wish this 3D B.S. would go away quick, fast and in a hurry. Until they develop a Star Trek quality holodeck I don’t want to see movies shot or converted to 3D. It is a waste of the consumer’s money.
Anyway, 3D aside, this movie has me intrigued. I just hope it has some legs and we have the next Harry Potter on our hands. I need a good decade of anticipated entertainment. This one hits theaters the middle of January…. Read into that what you will.