Monday, August 2, 2010

The Sorcerer's Apperentice (review)

Eventhough Inception was an amazing movie, I did not want to see it twice (two weeks in a row) so I decided to watch The Sorcerer's Apprentice instead. Actually I wanted to watch Despicable Me but my friend was not keen on animated (cartoon) movies. Bad move.

Title: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Disney)
Director: John Turteltaub

Nicholas Cage as Balthazar BlakeJustify FullJay Baruchel as Dave
Alfred Molina as Maxm Hovarth
Teresa Palmer as Becky Barnes
Monica Belluci as Veronica

Basic Plot

Once upon a time (it is after all a Disney movie), Merlin had 3 trusted apprentices, Balthazar, Veronica and Hovarth. But Hovarth betrayed him for the evil Morgana who Veronica imprisoned in her own body before being further imprisoned by Balthazar in a little "doll". With his last breath Merlin sent Balthazar on a quest to find the Prime Merlinian, a young boy who would inherit all of his power and the only one with the ability to destroy Morgana forever. Centuries later, a cute and smart boy named Dave stumbles upon Balthazar an his young life would never be the same again. Unexpected events prevent him from finding out his true destiny until 10 years later when the now geeky but brilliant physics whiz is reunited with his first love, his mentor and his worst nightmare (all in one night, what a coincidence!)

What I liked about this movie

Actually, there was not quite a lot that I really liked about it. It was a pleasant enough story, the visual effects were fair and the acting was okay. (I don't sound too excited, huh? That's because, I'm not.)

What I disliked about this movie

It was totally un-original. The storytelling was so straightforward, they actually used a narrator in the beginning to tell exactly what happened to Merlin and his apprentices (I mean no brain cells required at all). Each aspect of the movie was so explicitly explained that there was no room left for our own imagination. Nicholas Cage as Balthazar was passable but the character itself was quite weak (plus Balthazar is doesn't suit him as a name). Jay Baruchel was likeable as Dave but didn't really catch my eye, he wasn't funny enough, adorable enough or even geeky enough. Alfred Molina probably had the best job as the villain and Hovarth was menacing and cynical enough but still not up to par.
There were some clever scenes such as the Mickey Mouse Sorcerer's Apprentice Fantasia scene but people younger than 30 would probably not notice. Teresa Palmer (who looked alot like Scarlett Johanssen) and Monica Belucci were basically eye candy with basically no character development.

A quote I liked from this movie
"If I die tonight can you tell me, friend or girlfriend?""Don't die tonight, then I'll tell you."

Rating: 2/5

This movie should only be seen by children and people who really want to see a movie but have no desire to think (just want to relax and enjoy the fireballs). It also proves that with the right company, it really doesn't matter how bad the movie is ;)

PS: Sorry to everyone who enjoyed the movie. Peace.

*pictures were Googled


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