By Fred Topel | Images property of Walt Disney Pictures
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is good, solid entertainment jam packed with creativity. It’s typical of Jerry Bruckheimer movies, overloaded with frenetic elements, but there’s a lot of good stuff to be found in this one.
Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
It’s fun how magicians can conjure up any set pieces that strikes their imagination. Each payoff of a set piece is countered with another payoff by the opposing sorcerer. It’s CGI but at least you know the creative ideas they’re expressing. I mean, what else can they do, puppets and optical laser beams? Oh, I wish that would come back.
There’s no time to stop and enjoy it, but the actors keep up with all the story and action. Sometimes you can’t quite see the magic swordfights because it’s moving so fast, but they’re quickly on to fire and lightning, and you can totally see that. Each sequence is full of creative ideas.
The characters come up with logical and imaginative solutions to each evil they face. They use one magic to get out of another magic trap. It makes sense what they’re doing, so you buy into the suspense, waiting for them to pull it off.
They’re totally playing it up for kids. Balthazar plays for the drama irreverently. He just messes with his apprentice and that’s Nicolas Cage having fun. The sorcerers’ nonchalant observations of our world are funny. The young characters deliver big reactions to the wild stuff that’s happening around them.
They get through a lot of the magic mythology with Jay Baruchel making sarcastic observations, but even Cage dishing it back to him and Alfred Molina getting a few choice lines. They’re all playing around which makes the fun contagious to watch.