Movie Review of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice:
Director: Jon Turtletaub
Length: 111 minutes
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Stars: 3 & 1/2 out of 5
The Disney family movie The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, starring Nicolas Cage despite pretty good movie reviews it ended in third place after it’s opening weekend. Many believed it would have a stronger opening for a Summer movie. Especially with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, behind other Disney hit movies like “The Rock” and the “Pirate’s of The Caribbean” series.
The story starts in the middle ages with three of Merlin’s apprentices, Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage), Veronica (Monica Bellucci) and Horvath (Alfred Molina). Within the first few minutes of the movie you learn of the battle with an evil Morgana, who is trying to cast a spell that allows the dead to walk the Earth. Balthazar traps her and then begins his search for the “one” who can ultimately destroy her.
There is a lot of storyline thrown at you in the first few minutes of the movie, then it jumps to present day where Cage is still searching for the “one.” Nicolas Cage looks the part with his wild hair, long leather coat and his own eccentric personality. In the present day Balthazar (Cage) now a master sorcerer is now in Manhattan continuing his search. This is where we are introduced to whom Cage believes is the “one”, a young college student named Dave played by Jay Baruchel.
Jay Baruchel is brilliant as the nerdy yet loveable Dave who has been chosen to be a junior sorcerer. In a wonderful tribute to the Disney classic “Fantasia” Baruchel has a wonderful scene with dancing mops. Of course no one compares to Mickey Mouse and his unforgettable scene, but it is still fun. Another part of the movie my children loved was when Horvath (Alfred Molina) and a couple of his bad sidekicks chase Dave through Manhattan. Throughout The Sorcerer’s Apprentice there are some wonderful CGI effects that everyone will like.
The plot gets a little muddled at times, however I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the movie. I was a little skeptical even though I love Nicolas Cage, I am not ashamed to admit “Valley Girl” is one of my favorite 1980’s movies. In this movie all the actors do a wonderful job, I found Dave (Jay Baruchel) especially endearing.
Just a warning that some younger children might find it hard to sit still through the almost two hour running time. I am happy to say in this movie review that The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a perfect family movie, no swearing or sex scenes. I highly recommend this movie if you are looking for a fun, summertime popcorn movie. It is not the most original movie, but it does deliver a welcome Summer escape.