My original plan is to watch Inception but end up watching The Sorcerer’s Apprentice because of time constraints. The last minute decision to pick another movie is not a good idea. But taking to consideration that it’s a Walt Disney film & Nicholas Cage as one of the cast makes me think that “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice“ might be a good movie. Plus the fact that it’s an adventure fantasy film with lots of magic to tell.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice casts a spell of fun & entertainment. The actors performances are likable. Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina make a great team, with Cage playing as the down-to-business sorcerer who might just be a little nutty in the head after spending the last millennium searching for the Prime Meridian Merlinean(the magician who will defeat the evil sorceress Morgana). Baruchel as a matriculated geek is fun to watch. He does what he seems to do best – playing the awkward nerd who just can’t seem to do things right but still manages to get the girl, like in his last movie She’s Out Of My League. And Molina, despite being the villain, also has a good sense of humour about his whole situation but is quite the ruthless miscreant nonetheless.
The film has good special effects with lots of pyrotechnics. The lightning ignited fighting scenes and magical mirrors are rendered more realistically with CGI. The Chinatown sequence where a paper dragon turned into the real dragon and the fast-paced car chase through the streets of Manhattan is excellent. The film is fairly inventive in the different ways it uses magic – the china town dragons, the quicksand rugs, people trapped in mirrors, and sending Balthazar and Jake into a mirror reality where the only way out is to jump through their reflection. The concept of magic & science is quite good, I just wish it is tackled more deeper. The combination of plausible pseudo-scientific explanation to magic and sorcery is quite innovative. But the distinction between magic and applied science in fiction somehow failed.
As for the story nothing is really new. It doesn’t really offer too many surprises like Bruckheimer‘s other movies has. The plot is derivative, predictable and somehow idiotic. Even Harry Potter can be complicated if compared. It’s simple enough for anybody to understand. But still it’s entertaining. Yes, there are some cliche scenes, but it climbed back pretty past. It has lot of winks and funny moments. I found myself smiling and laughing nevertheless.
In the end, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” ends up being exactly what it sets out to be: a fantasy adventure film for younger audience, with a balance of action and comedy in it. The movie runs an enjoyable 90 minutes, it is fairly entertaining and not too long and drawn out. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is simply a whole lot of fun. The story may not be original but the magic within it is still, well, magic.