28 July 2010
In Short: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer
Writer(s): Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Matt Lopez, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
Directed by Jon Turteltab
Release: 14 July 2010
Walt Disney Pictures, 114 mins., Rated PG-13
Plot: Dave Stutler (Baruchel) is destined to be the sorcerer's (Cage) apprentice.
Hand Me a Ham Sandwich: Nicolas Cage loves the long hair and trench coat, going balls-out crazy as the title sorcerer Balthazar. Good news is: his major amount of fun makes us equally giddy. And Toby Kebbell (Prince of Persia) gives us the laugh-out-loud Criss Rock-esque superstar magician who's a total dweeb. Pretty visual effects: explosions, shattering glass filling the screen, super cool dragons, and lots of fire.
Bugger All: Alfred Molina (Prince of Persia) is just there, looking all imposing and grrrr. Jay Baruchel (She's Out of My League) irritates with every word that creaks out of his mouth. Not enough substance, plenty of glamor, though.
The Prime Merlinian: Pretty dragons and sorcerery can't make up for this uninspired and unenthusiastic production that doesn't necessitate the big-ass chunk of money spent on making this thing. We've seen this story and spells in far better movies, so check 'em out instead.