So after taking off January because, in all honesty, there was nothing I wanted to see in a theater. I am a fan of sword and sorcery movies as I am a fan of fantasy fiction. So I was looking forward to seeing this movie. It has a decent cast and a few of my favorite actors starring in the film. The movie revolves around a Witch, Mother Malkin, played by Julianne Moore who is on a quest to pretty much light the world on fire. Standing in her way is Master Gregory, played by Jeff Bridges and his young apprentice Tom Ward, played by Ben Barnes. There are some good things about this movie. One being that I liked the set design and the CG, I thought they were done very well and helped to create the appropriate atmosphere. The action sequences were also done very well. The transformations that happen are done in a believable manner for these types of movies and you can see everything clearly. The trailer gives some stuff away but not all of it and the visual representation is not that bad. Here's the main problem. This story is predictable as hell. If you watch a lot of movies you will be able to tell what is going to happen twenty minutes in to the film. Let me just take this time to apologize to Christian Bale for his Batman voice. Jeff Bridges in this movie sounds like a cross between Bale's Batman voice, Hardy's Bane voice, and an alcoholic. There were times that I really couldn't understand what he was saying. It almost took me out of the film because it was so bad. Lastly, I thought the little love story was forced. I just didn't buy it, the actors seemed to have chemistry I just couldn't buy it. Maybe it was just the way the story was setup, I don't know but it just didn't feel organic to me.
The movie is rated PG-13 and in all honesty is not bad. There are action sequences in it but nothing particularly gory. In all honesty it reminds me of a darker version of Prince Caspian. Outside of a couple of images that may be scary I don't see any reason why children 10 and up couldn't see the movie.
I'm giving this movie a RENTAL. Its just to predictable and even though the cast is good you can tell that this story just isn't. Its not a long movie clocking at about an hour and forty-two minutes, but its something that you can wait to see in my opinion.