REVIEW: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)
Plot: Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath.
Review: First things first: to review this movie as I have for every other movie that’s been reviewed on this website would just be wrong (with the exception of TOY STORY 3). This is a kids movie and it should be judged in that area. Now that I have that out of my way…
Surprise, surprise. The SORCERER’S APPRENTICE isn’t as bad as one would think it would be. Sure, it’s nothing great. It’s not mind-blowing. It might add another notch to Nic Cage’s respected belt for his wig collection, but let’s be honest, this wasn’t made to qualify in any of those categories (wig collection aside). This is a fun, entertaining kids movie.
Had this movie been released when I was 8 or 10, I would have eaten this up. Putting it below similar kids films such as THE PAGEMASTER and THE NEVERENDING STORY, despite the fact that APPRENTICE is lacking the charm and genius those films had. Whereas I could talk about those movies endlessly, there isn’t much to say about this movie simply because of the reason that it’s everything you’d expect it to be. Nic Cage is Nic Cage. Silly childish humor. Unoriginal story.
It’s good seeing Jay Baruchel as a main character in a summer blockbuster. The man might finally receive the credit he deserves. Alfred Molina plays the villain Maxim Horvath pretty straight forward. Cliches and all. There was an obvious possibility of making him much more of an evil force, but the team behind APPRENTICE toned it down for the kiddies.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this little flick as I walked in expecting the worst. An entertaining, turn-your-brain-off summer flick with great special effects. Nothing that warrants a second viewing (unless you have children), but cool none-the-less.