This fantasy/adventure directed by Sergei Bodrov headlines two talented actors who seem to be biding their time until the next good role comes along.
Jeff Bridges plays legendary witch hunter (also called a "spook"), Master Gregory. He has long stringy hair, a straggly grey beard and talks as if he has a mouth full of marbles. In one of the opening scenes he's drunk at a bar, and I assumed the mumbling was the result of his drunkenness, unfortunately it continued throughout the film.
He's determined to find and destroy the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore). The two have a long history of trying to kill the other, but the upcoming Blood Moon which would increase Malkin's powers, gives an urgency to Master Gregory's quest.
He needs a new apprentice as the witch had killed his last one, so he chooses a local seventh son named Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to help him. He's given a crash coarse for his new job and off they head towards Malkin's impressive mountaintop lair.
Tom's village is in the shadow of the witch's castle and the townspeople have endured the deadly attacks from Malkin and her shape shifting dragons for decades. Master Gregory seems to be their only hope.
The scenery is great, Malkin's castle is cool and Alicia Vikander is good as Tom's romantic interest — those are the positive things. However, the bad outweighs them. The dragon special effects are cheesy, Moore overacts and Bridges' strange mumbling performance totally ruined it for me.