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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
I enjoyed this film much more than I thought I would. Lots of quirky humor and great action. Nicolas Cage just cant make a bad film.


Loosely based (or suggested) by the Disney animated short, The Sorcerers Apprentice is a light, but enjoyable family adventure film that survives on the partnership between quintessential nerd Jay Baruchel and quintessential Medieval Wizard Nicolas Cage (okay, so Cage ain't a quintessential anything but his bizarre character affectations work well here). Alfred Molina channels his Doc Ock villainy once more and provides an appropriate antagonist for the duo; plenty of ham to chow down on. Decent CGI set pieces, solid jokes, and a farting dog. Think Harry Potter with a little less pretentiousness and whole lot less mythology to bog you down.


4/5 Stars

****/*****

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