Review: “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is good fantasy adventure

July 16th, 2010 at 7:50 am by under Entertainment

  “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is a good fantasy-adventure for almost the entire family … watch Nicolas Cage in a role that fits him better than many recent outings.

The movie is rated PG for fantasy violence and little kids may have some trouble with some of the darker magic scenes, but otherwise this is an entertaining movie for nearly all ages.

   (My spoiler-free review)

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is entertaining and interesting … its not academy award material… but its also not a waste of your time and money.

Inspired by the classic Disney story of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from “Fantasia” (1940) with Mickey Mouse as the title character, the new version gives a backstory to the master sorcerer and a plot that brings the characters into modern day New York.

It is a classic story of a reluctant hero played by Jay Baruchel who gets guidance from a wiser, older character played by Cage.  The role is perfect for Cage and his recent tendency to overact in a scene is buried in his Sorcerer character that becomes bigger than his acting.  Baruchel and Cage have good chemistry on screen which helps to convey that they really are becoming master and apprentice.

Alfred Molina adds charm and relevance to the villian character, its something we’ve seem him master before in “Spider-Man 2″ (2004)… as his performance exudes evil.

The overall story is decent with a plot that moves along at a fairly steady pace, despite a potentially distracting “romantic” element that the filmmakers may have conceived to keep the attention of the female audience.  The characters are well-developed so you care about what happens to them as the movie progresses.  There are also elements of comic relief mixed in to break up some of the seriousness as the story moves along.  The special effects are good… not hokey but also not mind-blowing.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is pretty good fantasy adventure, its for most audiences, something the family can enjoy and not a waste of time… I give it 6.5 out of 10. It kept me interested but didn’t blow me away.  If the trailers interested you or you like this kind of movie, you shouldn’t be disappointed, otherwise wait to rent it!!!

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

(2010) (rated: PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor and brief language.)
(1 hr, 50 min)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell, Omar Benson Miller, Monica Bellucci, Alice Krige, Jake Cherry, James A. Stephens, Gregory Woo

Director: Jon Turteltaub ["National Treasure: Book of Secrets" (2007), "National Treasure" (2004), "The Kid" (2000), "Instinct" (1999), "Phenomenon" (1996)]

Genre: Fantasy Action/Adventure

The Plot: Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath.

So what did you think?  Please post a comment!

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