Movie Review: Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Dave is the Prime Merlinian — the one person other than Merlin who can kill Morgana. Only he doesn’t know it, doesn’t feel it and it’s up to Balthasar to train him in his magical heritage before they’re both killed and Morgana is brought back to life to raise an army of evil dead.
Jay Baruchel (Dave) was really good in this role. But then, he’s already proven that he can play the misfit/geeky character well with his role in How to Train Your Dragon as Hiccup. Yup, it’s the same guy. I’d know that voice anywhere. It bugged me through the whole movie until I looked it up and found out it was him.
I went to this movie for the special effects and that’s what I got. I wasn’t expecting summer blockbuster gold so I’m not disappointed that it didn’t happen. The target audience is obvious for this movie. Though the main character is a college student, I’d say Disney was aiming for middle and elementary school, possibly high school but that would be pushing it.
This movie was an interesting blend of science and sorcery, proving that they are not separate but one and same. An understanding of one makes for a better understanding of the other. A nice change from the usual science vs magic movies.
Nick Cage played well in this movie. The characters were fun even if you didn’t see some of them nearly enough. There are three Morganians (what they call the evil sorcerers) that exit the screen way too fast. I would have liked to have seen more from them, especially the Chinese dude. He looked badass on all of the movie posters. Too bad he’s a cameo.
If nothing else, this movie is really about a science geek trying to get the hot chick and prove he’s not a total social outcast after all. The magic and sinister plot are thrown in for a little spice to keep the audience interested.
There is a little tidbit at the end of the credits hinting at a sequel but it’s not so amazing that you should stay. And, for the Fantasia fans, there’s a nod to the original Sorcerer’s Apprentice, complete with music just in case you were unclear where the segment originated.
same old same old again and I’m listing again
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