Sunday, July 18, 2010

REVIEW: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel


July 14, 2010

Jon Turtelaub

Walt Disney Pictures

1 hour 51 minutes

A- (92)



Well I can say that this is a heck of a lot better than Prince of Persia, Disney's earlier summer hit with Jake Ghyllenhaal. I can also say that this is a very fun movie the whole family can watch and still have a great time, even if the daddy or older brother(s) wanted to see Inception with his buddies instead of this. Balthazar Blake has been searching for a thousand years to find the successor of Merlin, his late master. He soon finds this successor in Dave, a 20 year old college nerd living in modern Manhattan. This successor is the only one who can defeat Maxim Horvath, Balthazar's arch nemesis, and Morgana le Fay, Merlin's arch-nemesis who wants to raise the dead and create an army with them to destroy the world. Dave must also get Becky, the girl whom he has loved since 4th grade. In order to suceed in all that must be accomplished for himself and the rest of the world, Dave must become, altogether, The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Like I said, this is a smart and fun family movie that also includes great special effects. Nicolas Cage, who's better known to Disney fans as Ben Gates from the National Treasure series does a great job as Balthazar and seems like he's enjoying every second of it. Jay Baruchel, who was in 2010's earlier hit How To Train Your Dragon plays the same character in every movie he's in. You know, the nerdy whiz kid that eventually gets the girl who's clearly out of his league. (He was also in She's Out Of My League) But he's still an enjoyable screen presence that helps keep the movie alive. But the most interesting role in this movie is Alfred Molina as Maxim Horvath, the films antagonist. Mr. Molina is no stranger to villanous roles. He was Doc Ock in SpiderMan 2, one of my favorite superhero movies ever. His role is probably the most thought out character in the movie, not that he was the best. I also enjoyed the chemestry between Cage and Baruchel, which was very funny and touching to see. Overall, this is one of the summer's better movies that families of all kinds will love. So if you've already seen kids hits like The Karate Kid, Toy Story 3, and Despicable Me, surrender another 2 hours to see Nicolas Cage show off his magical side with The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Also, stay after the credits of the movie for a little extra treat for you. Trust me.


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