Friday, December 31, 2010

FMF: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Rated PG - 109 min - Released 2010

If you like fantasy adventure movies, then you will certainly enjoy The Sorcerer's Apprentice--for the most part.  The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a live action movie by Disney about a young boy who stumbles into a magical antique shop and meets Balthazar Blake, played by Nicolas Cage, who would 10 years later become his wizarding master.  Dave, played by Jay Baruchel, is a geeky college kid with a natural, or perhaps supernatural, talent for physics.  Obsessed with Tesla Coils, he spends most of his time locked in an underground laboratory, until one day he reunites with Balthazar: the same strange man from the magic shop.  Balthazar, who is in search of the only one who can defeat the evil and powerful Morgana, tries to convince Dave to be his apprentice in hopes that he may be the one who can save the world against an uprising of the dead.  Dave, who is torn between his destiny as a wizard and winning the heart of a girl, Becky Barnes, eventually comes to terms with his abilities and of course saves the day.   
     Now I said that you would enjoy The Sorcerer's Apprentice "for the most part" because everything in this film lives up to the Disney standard up until the end where I felt very let down by an unexpectedly anticlimactic ending.
I will say that this movie kept me laughing almost the whole way through, had a lot of adventure, including some really awesome stunt driving, and encompassed concepts in terms of magical movies that I had never seen before.  As for questionable content, the scene with the Chinese parade dragon coming to life may be frightening to some.  And the fact that the movie is based around wizardry doesn't necessarily score wholesome family bonus points either.  But, overall, it isn't anything I would shun based on the prior reasons.  My recommended viewing age for this movie is 8 years old.

Overall Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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