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The Sorcerer's Apprentice


Jeff Nelson

At best, The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a mediocre flick.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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Generally, when movie studios attempt to turn animated films into live-action, it doesn't translate well. This isn't just due to the visuals being different, but makes the actors have a lot to live up to. The Sorcerer's Apprentice is Disney's shot at creating a live-action update of the animated series of shorts, Fantasia. While Horvath and Drake plot to restore Morgana Le Fay to power, master sorcerer Balthazar Blake makes physics student Dave Stutle his apprentice. Stutle begins training to learn enough magic to save the world from ruin. Needless to say, it's not an original concept and can be found in plenty of family films. The comedy is hit and miss, but will be more hit than miss with the younger children. The dialogue is quite cheesy with a romance sub-plot underneath the sorcerer story. However, none of this stops the film from having moments of fun. The characters aren't all convincing with their motives, especially the villains.

When I first saw the trailer, I was surprised that Jay Baruchel picked this one up. Since he's been in films such as Knocked Up and She's Out of My League, it didn't seem like him to pick up a family film. He fits the character, but these films aren't his strongest point. He does well with the raunchy comedies and that's where he should stay. Nicolas Cage has chosen strange films for quite some time. Given the script, doesn't matter who the actor is, the result in reciting dialogue would be the same.

From a distance, whether The Sorcerer's Apprentice would be good or not, I wasn't sure. There was never a doubt in my mind about the visuals. Out of all the battles that occur in the film, the car chase is the absolute best sequence in terms of visuals. The way that the camera panned over the cars speeding through the city and smashing through glass and going into an alternate universe is all very well done.

If you're looking for a ground-breaking Disney film, then you're looking at the wrong film. This isn't a memorable film in any way, but smaller children are sure to enjoy it. For those looking for a great family film, forget this live-action update and check out the animated Fantasia instead. At best, The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a mediocre flick./ Come on Disney, everyone knows you can do better than this.

My Rating = Two and One Half Stars

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