The Sorcerer’s Apprentice reviews are overly harsh

by wfgodbold

No one could have reasonably expected a full-length live action film adaptation of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice bit from Fantasia to be Oscar caliber; as far as popcorn movies go, it’s not that bad.  It certainly is better than the 39% it’s garnered at Rotten Tomatoes.

Sure, it’s a vehicle for ridiculous effects and stuff that just looks cool, but no one does superficial ridiculous acting like Nic Cage, and he does a bang up job as Balthazar Blake.

It’s a story we’ve seen a hundred times; a nerdy loser finds out that the world is resting on his shoulders, and has to learn how to control his newfound power in time to save everyone.  Jay Baruchel does a good job, though he is in danger of being typecast; his character is pretty much the same as who he played in Tropic Thunder, She’s Out of My League, and How to Train Your Dragon.

The always entertaining Alfred Molina doesn’t disappoint in his role as Horvath, Balthazar’s one-time fellow apprentice and nemesis.  He’s charmingly evil, and looks like he had a great time playing the villain (and he makes a great one).

Teresa Palmer looks good as the childhood friend and love interest of our hero, but the real star of the show (once you get past Nic Cage hamming it up) is the magic: flying gargoyles, magical car chases, lightning, fire, and dragons!

It all looks good (and with Disney’s bankroll behind it, it should); my only real complaint was that the scenes were kind of disjointed.  The story jumped around a bit, but not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the movie.

All in all I recommend it (if you’re the kind of person that likes effects heavy blockbusters that have no deeper meaning; if you like indie films that try to make deep comments on our way of life, what the hell are you doing reading this in the first place?).  There’s a short scene after the credits, so stick around.

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