(2015) (Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action/Fantasy: A medieval knight tries to train his new apprentice in the ways of battling and killing supernatural beings, all while the queen witch aims to become more powerful with the arrival of the blood moon.
- Long ago in medieval times, one thousand knights defended humanity from witches and other supernatural beings. But now only one such knight -- a.k.a. a "spook" -- exists and that's Master Gregory (JEFF BRIDGES) a grizzled veteran who long ago believed he had locked away the most powerful witch, Mother Malkin (JULIANNE MOORE), for good. But she managed to escape, and with the upcoming once-a-century blood moon soon to arrive, she's poised to get her revenge on him and the rest of the world.
She does manage to kill his latest apprentice, William (KIT HARINGTON), before returning to her mountain lair, thus necessitating his need for a new assistant. He arrives at the home of Tom Ward (BEN BARNES), a young pig farmer who lives with his mom (OLIVIA WILLIAMS), father and siblings, and has recurring visions of fantastical things he doesn't understand. Gregory is looking for the seventh son of a seventh son, and that would be Tom. With his mother giving him a prized amulet to help protect him, Tom rides off with Gregory and is given a crash course in all things supernatural.
Little does he know that Mother Malkin's fellow witch sister, Bony Lizzie (ANTJE TRAUE), has sent her teenage witch daughter, Alice (ALICIA VIKANDER), to spy on them. Or that Mother Malkin is assembling a powerful group of supernatural beings, including Radu (DJIMON HOUNSOU), Urag (JASON SCOTT LEE) and Sarikin (KANDYSE McCLURE), to reign terror across the world. With the blood moon arriving soon, Gregory does what he can to teach Tom the tricks of the trade, with the help of his loyal monster helper, Tusk, all while worrying about his young apprentice falling in love with Alice.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They might if they're into fantasy type films featuring supernatural beings and such. Otherwise, if they're not a fan of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem too likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong language.
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