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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Citizen Kane, but lots of fun!, July 15, 2010
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This review is from: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (DVD)
My only quarrel with The Sorcerer's Apprentice was that it was too short to fully develop some of the characters (avoiding spoilers here). Otherwise, it's a fun summer romp with one of the best car chases I've seen in a long time. The story is about Balthazar Blake's quest for the Prime Merlinian. As one of Merlin's three original apprentices, it's been up to Blake to find the person who possesses the potential to achieve Merlin's magical prowess. He finds nine-year old Dave, but there's a ten year lapse in their acquaintanceship. When they finally meet up again, Dave is a nerdy NYU physics student. As the reluctant Dave's apprenticeship begins, there are obstacles in the form of Maxim Horvath, his tattooed sidekick Drake Stone and Dave's burgeoning love affair with Becky. There's also the evil Morgana Le Fay who plans on world domination if given half a chance.

The cast is small but strong. Standouts are Jay Baruchel who keeps Dave's nebbishness from caricature, Alfred Molina whose Horvath has a nice sense of entitlement and Toby Kebbell's Drake Stone. I've had a love/hate relationship with Nicholas Cage for a while, unbeknownst to him. At his worst, he's depressed and weird, at his best, he's warmly eccentric. I'm happy to report that in this movie, he's the latter and makes Balthazar sparkle.

The plot is not especially original, but does contain a couple of twists, focusing more on relationships than on the actual magic though there are some pretty cool special effects. Deep, this movie isn't, but it is fun with some wonderful comic moments, not the least of which is the homage to Paul Dukas' original music as illustrated in Disney's Fantasia. The movie borrows from some other famous franchises, too. Spiderman, Harry Potter and the Mummy all make contributions, but The Sorcerer's Apprentice winks at the audience and manages to make the cliches fresh.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is an homage to Dr. August Coppola, Nicholas Cage's father, who taught film and died last October. I think Dr. Coppola would have liked this movie. I certainly did.
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2010 10:57:31 PM PDT
Nancy R. says:
Of all the reviews posted, this is the one that most closely corresponds with my own impression of the movie. Good job. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2010 6:44:24 AM PDT
Jody says:
Thanks, Nancy! IMO, this movie didn't deserve the critical bashing it got.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2010 9:33:07 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2010 11:34:40 AM PST
Jody says:
Oh dear.
IMO = In My Opinion.
Other consonants may show up from time to time to indicate degrees of humility associated with an opinion; for example "humble" IMHO, "very humble" IMVHO or "not so humble" IMNSHO
Let me refer you to the Internet Acronyms Dictionary:
http://www.gaarde.org/acronyms/
Teenagers will have no more secrets from you!
LOL

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 9:13:20 AM PST
skibum2 says:
Jay Baruchel a standout?? Really? He alone brought this movie from a 3 star to 1 star. Simply awful and irritating character.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2011 9:43:54 AM PST
Jody says:
Oh dear. I'm sorry you thought so. I liked him.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2011 9:45:15 AM PST
Jody says:
It's nice there's room for lots of different opinions! I liked Mr. Baruchel in the role.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2011 2:06:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2011 2:06:59 PM PDT
A. Bresser says:
I love your open mind to all the diff.,opinions out there. I actually want to see the movie more now than I did B/4 I read the reviews!!!! I am a Cage lover anyway, so that was the reason I wanted it. ( I have all his movies, dumb, and good), thanks!! goddess-o[[ASIN:B002ZG99KO The Sorcerer's Apprentice] Alans wife
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