Magic and Mayhem at the Movies!

 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, and Alfred Molina was more enjoyable than I thought it would be. After seeing Cage in, seemingly, the same kind of movies over and over again, it was nice to see him do something different….and Disney nonetheless!

This movie has a little bit of mayhem and a lotta bit of magic! It has a good plot and gives you a great backstory at the beginning (like The Mummy)! I wish more films did that! Nicolas Cage, as the main sorcerer in the film (Balthazer), is working on completing his age-old quest of finding the one sorcerer who is supposed to have the ability to rid the world of the pending evil that awaits. He finally finds the sorcerer he has been searching for….the kid just doesn’t know it yet. Enter David (Jay Baruchel’s character). David, the young, nerdy, and socially awkward misfit has his life turned upside down once he meets Balthazer and subsequently accidentally releases the “bad guy” Horvath (played by the talented Alfred Molina) from his prison. David deals with all of this, while at the same time he tries to land a date with the girl of his dreams, handle his science projects in college, and attempt to have a social life!

The special effects were done nicely in this film. And the scenery….It was fun actually pointing out the different landmarks in the film that are in NYC! especially the ones that are so pronounced in other films! The cool thing about a movie like this one, where magic abounds, is the fact that the filmmakers are able to stretch the imagination with so much and make it even more visually attractive! This was one aspect of the film that I liked alot. I mean, really, who thinks about taking a car, flipping it through a mirror, and having it come out the other side as a totally different car??! I know you saw that in the trailer!! Very cool. Nice work Jerry Bruckheimer!

Although the film is enjoyable, I cannot say that it ranks among my top favorites for the summer. The humor that Jay Baruchel brings wasn’t enough to carry the movie for me. But you actually can’t bash on Cage in this one…He did good! Actually his humor made for a great touch to the film and to his character. I was disappointed in Molina’s role as he embodied his character well, but his character didn’t say “Alfred Molina.” You know what I mean? You will when you see the movie if you think of past roles Molina has played (Prince of Persia, Spiderman2, etc). He was praised for being the “savior” of Prince of Persia, but I found his character in this film to be lacking his normal sense of Pizzazz!! Oh well, that’s just me. Overall, the film was good.

Good storyline and plot, but it soon got predictable. I did love the music and the tribute to the original sorcerer’s apprentice in Fantasia! Nice touch. Go see it, if you enjoy magic movies, disney movies, or just plain fun movies! (Oh, and btw, a special thanks goes out to my friend, The Silk Spectre, for going with me to see this film! thanks!)

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!

-The Sp1der’s Score5.5 out of 10 stars “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (I know that some of you will disagree with me on this one, already 🙂 Post your comments!)

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