The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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Magic is everywhere in Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice-the fun family adventure from the creators of National Treasure. Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a modern-day sorcerer with his hands full defending Manhattan against dark forces. When a seemingly average kid shows hidden potential, Balthazar takes his reluctant recruit on a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the ultimate sorcerer's apprentice. Experience more extraordinary thrills, heart-stopping action and spectacular special effects than you can imagine as these unlikely partners show us that the real world is far more magical than we ever knew!
Who doesn't wish they could unleash fire from their fingertips and make mops come to life? The Sorcerer's Apprentice enjoyably captures this fantasy as a young physics student named Dave (Jay Baruchel, She's Out of My League) learns that he's the inheritor of the powers of Merlin--and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a war between two of Merlin's protégés, Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) and Horvath (Alfred Molina, Spider-Man 2). The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a special-effects blockbuster--but it's a pretty good one, not reaching the charmed heights of Pirates of the Caribbean but so much better than Prince of Persia. It runs out of air toward the end, but before that it's jauntily entertaining, with capable dialogue, clever curlicues of plot, and most importantly delightful performances: Cage maintains a light touch, with enough eccentricity to be interesting but not so much that it derails the momentum; Baruchel continues his nerdy hero streak; supporting performances from Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla) and Alice Krige (best known as the Borg Queen from Star Trek) are comic and creepy respectively; Monica Bellucci (Shoot 'Em Up) and Teresa Palmer (Bedtime Stories) are mostly eye-candy but likable nonetheless; and Molina, as ever, is the best thing in the movie, playing silky villainy with effortless aplomb. All in all, good fun. --Bret FetzerSee all Editorial Reviews
• The Making of The Sorcerer's Apprentice
• Deleted scene: Blathazar recruits Dave
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Some of my very favorite Disney animated films include Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live) [Blu-ray], The Sword in the Stone, and Alice In Wonderland. In my opinion, most of the 20th century offerings of Disney Studios were in some ways indebted to the pioneering creative teams who brought us these films. The personal touch of Walt Disney in their creation included selecting a quality of fantasy literature that makes humanity dream.
"Sleeping Beauty" offers us a medieval Christian interpretation on a Germanic/Nordic Orphic-cycle myth which resonates with caricatures of the descent of Baldur to the land of the dead, forbidden Niffelheim, Hella's domain. But unlike the sorry ends of Orpheus and Eurydice, or Baldur Odinson, in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" the good faeries equip Prince Phillip with a sword of Truth, a shield of Virtue, and against "all the forces of Hell, True Love shall conquer all."
In the "Sorcerer's Apprentice", it's love with it's and courage and loyalty which ultimately stands in the way of Morgana's most evil spell. Another creative 'take two' which was a key theme of "Sword in the Stone" is the emphasis on education. "Sword in the Stone" was based loosely on a T.H. White novel, "The Once and Future King", and the tutor/teacher Merlin of Disney's movie becomes an advocate for literacy.
"Sorcerer's Apprentice" is a completely unique story, where Balthazar (protege of Merlin) is adamant about the importance of Dave's studies. He also carries within himself and old, old love. At last "Sorcerer's Apprentice", like "Alice in Wonderland" preys upon the human curiosity for that which is just out of sight. It transforms the commonplace of everyday life to be a lively host to the larger arena of the human imagination.
This movie really has it all:
* the special effects are innovative and surprising in their application, and pleasing to the eye
* romance, not one but two, and both fairly convincing
* a fun story of the young apprentice conquering the ancient evil ... not new or original, no ... but entertainingly realized
* comedy. There are many laugh out loud moments, and the training sequences are truly amusing
* tension. The magical battles have you holding your breath.
It is sort of a cliche to say "this is the role that so-and-so was born to play". But there are concrete examples: Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur, Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, George C Scott as Patton, John Wayne as John Wayne, and yes ... John Goodman as Fred Flintstone. It is no stretch to say that Nicholas Cage was meant for the role of Balthazar in this film. He was perfect for and in the role ... or the role was written perfectly for him. ;-)
You don't have to figure out a lot as this film progresses. There are really no mysteries. Its just a fast paced adventure story with a lot of fun. If you haven't seen it yet, don't waste any more time.