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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

What she said:

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I had heard some negative stuff going in to this movie, and yes, I’m well aware that Nic Cage’s range is, well, limited.  But for all the downer-talk surrounding this Disney flick, I quite honestly didn’t find it all that bad.  Ok, so there were definitely parts that didn’t make much sense.  I basically had to be told what to think.  And Cage did add his own special touch of blank expression to every line he uttered.  But I think it was Jay Baruchel’s likable delivery that made this film tolerable.

With his geeky voice and gawking expressions, Baruchel is hard not to adore and root for.  However little sense the general storyline makes at times, as long as it seems that young Dave is winning, then we’re happy.  And it’s pretty fun to watch him discover his sorcerer powers.

The special effects are really the best part of this movie.  There were a couple of cheesy ones, but overall they were spectacular for the most part.  And they really had to be.  The magic had to believable, it had to be something for the audience to get lost in, and it was.  The Sorcerer’s Apprentice should be appropriate for most members of the family, although you have to be both patient and forgiving with the plot.  If you hit the movie when you’re in a good mood, then you’ll probably like it.  If you’re not feeling Nic Cage, or are overall cranky, then this might not be for you.  Disney magic can only do so much.

Diagnosis: Thumbs half up.

What he said:

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a story about a young man named Dave (Jay Baruchel). Dave simply wants to blend in and get through life without any serious problems. Unfortunately for him though, he is some kind of "chosen one" and caught in the middle of a war between Merlin's (yes that Merlin) apprentices.

I remember when the trailer came out I thought it looked like a half decent family flick. I also remember it was absolutely torched by critics and moviegoers alike. Despite me thinking it looked ok, I wasn't surprised to hear people didn't like it. There's certain movies you can almost immediately get a sense what people's reaction will be (positive or negative) and this was one of them. I don’t necessarily always find it to be particularly fairly or objective either. A few people say they love/hate something and millions more pile on.

Well I have to say I disagree with the level of negative responses to the movie. That's not to say it's a masterpiece. Nic Cage is...well Nic Cage, but sometimes that's an ok thing. He was kind of funny in it as the zainy, borderline insane mentor Balthazar Blake. I think some of his real life eccentricity worked ok in this movie much in the way Johnny Depp's does for Captain Jack Sparrow. Plus, there's simply not a lot of good fantasy out there and when I see something of that genre that I enjoy, I appreciate it. Harry Potter gets all the credit. I like Harry Potter, but they aren't the only good modern fantasy movies out there and they aren't that great.

Plus, I just really enjoy Jay Brachhel's shtick. I find his geeky, awkward demeanor easy to root for. It's not even all that unique; I just think he's pretty good at it.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on December 30, 2010.