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September 19, 2010 / Darrell

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Movie Review

Walking into The Sorcerer’s Apprentice I thought it could go one of two ways: it could be one of those super awesome films that I’m not ashamed to walk into the cinema to see even though the average age of the audience was 12, or it could be the exact opposite, one of those childrens films that are so bad that not even Dennis Ferguson would bother sitting through even though the average age of the audience was 12. Much to my surprise, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice turned out to be neither.

In a nutshell, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a film for 12 year old boys, written by slightly older, lamer, balding 12 year old boys, at heart (that is how I imagine Disney film writers to look like). Combine every childrens movie basic plot line, the sickly sweetness of Disney and 150 million dollar special effects budget, and you have The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. But to be fair the simple to follow, aesthetically pleasing movie was quite enjoyable.

It follows every second boys dream come true, with Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) a rather nerdy kid turning out to be the chosen one. His mentor, Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage), teaching him magic and life lessons so that Dave can form an identity for himself, get the girl and save the entire world, without ever leaving New York.

Like every film produced nowadays (perhaps except for porn) there was a love interest. In Disney style, it was fairytale love from the very beginning, with all the main characters loving someone. Also in tame Disney style the ultimate show of affection was a two second kiss and the deepest line to describe a thousand year long romance was “I fell for her.” In short it felt like more of a necessity rather than an actual part of the story line.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice packed almost as many popculture references as Epic Movie, with everything from “these are not the droids you are looking for” to Magic The Gathering. And some less popular references for the literary literate who have read the original poem entitled The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, with an entire ten minute scene of mops and water gone mad.

On a personal note, I particular didn’t like the attempted rationalisation of how magic is real. Vibrations of particles doesn’t exactly explain why they can throw lightning bolts, create dragons or do whatever else Disney spent 150 million on. It would have been more enjoyable for them to just say that magic exists in this world.

The pacing felt a little bit odd. The intro didn’t build up anything at all and felt rushed. The end was anticlimatic with the ultimate evil, Morgana le Fay (Alice Krige) being defeated in a two minute Dragon Ball Z esque energy ball battle. However, if you’re 12 years old, like the target audience, I doubt you’ll care.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice turned out to be a slightly cooler than the average kids film. I’d recommend it for the young, and young at heart (and possibly mind). Definitely not a thinking film, but look past the lame justification of magic and just enjoy what 150 million dollars looks like when turned into CGI. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is no National Treasure, it’s worth at least the ten dollars it will cost you to see it.

P.S. To all the mothers out there who were hoping for 2 hours of Nicolas Cage eye candy, don’t bother. Unless you like the scraggy hair look in a long dirty coat.


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