July 16, 2010 > Movie Review: Sorcerer's Apprentice
Movie Review: Sorcerer's Apprentice
By Jennifer Gau
We begin in 740 AD Britain, taking in a storybook introduction of Merlin's three apprentices battling evil. Directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" seems to promise a mysterious story of magical myths. Before Merlin's death, he entrusts one of his apprentices, Balthazar (Nicolas Cage), with his dragon ring to help Balthazar find Merlin's successor. It is up to Balthazar to discover the Prime Merlinian who will hold the power to defeat evil. After years and years of searching, finally in the year 2000 Balthazar is in New York where he meets Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel). Reluctantly, Dave is recruited to assist in fighting against Balthazar's arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). With the guidance of Balthazar, Dave quickly builds his courage for his newfound destiny and his ties to "normal" life.
The movie has decent casting, especially when it transitions from young to old. There is resemblance between young ten-year-old David and twenty-year-old David. However, "decent" does not mean "great." Balthazar is a strange teacher. There are brief science lessons that he delivers like a boring lecture that seems out of place in the heat of the moment. It is also strange how Balthazar comes from the same place as the other sorcerers, but he does not have the same accent.
Alfred Molina plays the enemy, but he barely comes across as the menacing Sorcerer gone bad. Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel manage to work their costumes well into expressing their Sorcerer and Apprentice characters. Rings play a big part in the costume and the magic as if a symbol of some privileged club. Once in awhile, we are pulled from Dave's journey of becoming the Sorcerer's Apprentice to witness Dave's awkward attempts at a love life with the girl of his dreams. It distracts from the flow, but unsurprisingly, the story manages to fit all the pieces together.
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is full of excitement for a younger crowd, but the same cannot be said for an older audience. It is another one of those sappy movies trying to show how a nerd attempts to woo the hot girl in school, but you won't get any useful dating tips from him. The story and the rest of the movie sputtered to astound with amateur big screen effects.
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes