Unlike the Harry Potter movies, The Seeker places the protagonist in the midst of a loving family (though there is a bit too much teasing and practical joking).  As a matter of fact, as one of us is the author of a book on parenting, we recommend that parents and children watch and discuss this movie together, particularly the father-son dynamics and the importance of really listening to each other.  There are also some great lessons on learning who you can and can’t trust.

Production-wise, the movie is beautiful.  The cinematography is breathtaking at times, with slow-motion scenes of cold, gray scenery interrupted by one red scarf, or one colorful rubber ball bouncing.  The settings are English mansions and schoolyards, ancient wars, dark taverns, and bright malls—plenty of variety and “eye candy” on the screen.

There are some startling, scary images like the Rider’s face when it turns rather demonic-and-serpent-looking with claws, etc, a scene of slithering snakes, wild chases that move from the natural to the spiritual realm in a heartbeat, etc.  We recommend great caution in bringing young, impressionable children to the movie.  That being said, hopefully families will support this Potter-type movie that’s devoid of some of J.K. Rowling’s darker emphasis (of witchcraft, potions, spells, hopelessness).

The Seeker certainly could have gone farther toward the Christian worldview and symbolism, perhaps naming the weapons that would defeat the darkness such as a shield of faith, or special shoes that would carry him farther and faster on his mission, etc.  The filmmakers could have alluded to evil being moral evil, rather than just “The Dark,” and there could have been one ultimate being they were fighting for, rather than just “The Light,” and the other “old ones.”  But all in all, it’s a good start.  And there is sort of a “belt of truth” where Will stores his treasured signs, as well as several other elements that may strike a chord as biblical parallels.

Overall, it’s nice to be able to recommend a movie that’s fun, entertaining, and good food for thought and discussion by almost the entire family.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Bar scenes shown, with some drinking.
  • Language/Profanity:  None.
  • Sex/Nudity:  None
  • Violence:  Fighting in ancient battles, chases through physical and spiritual realms, boy gets cut, etc.
  • Worldview:  Magic-based, with biblical parallels.