The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice


It’s evident the cast and crew put great efforts into this production, as seen from their dedication to the recreation of the classic scene from Disney’s 1940 Fantasia. Credit must also be given to the actors Nicholas Cage and Jay Baruchel (particularly the latter) for being unafraid to look so stupid during filming, because all that waving-your-hands-around-in-the-air-dramatically couldn’t have looked anything else before the effects were added in.

Speaking of which, I have to say the effects are good – the steel eagle, metal bull and dragon all look rather realistic, as are the magical bits. It’s an entertaining romp, filled with fine actors and not-too-bad dialogue, and the hero obviously saves the day in the end, putting the bad guys where they belong, gaining some self-esteem along the way, and getting his girl.

But that’s about it. It’s a generic Hollywood blockbuster summer flick, with delicious eye-candy but bland and vapid in terms of emotional impact, and with barely a hint of moralities. The cast does a good job, but the script doesn’t serve them well. The set designers and visual effect team obviously have given all they can, but against so generic a picture, the backdrop and GCI creations steal the limelight. It’s not a bad fantasy film per se, but it’s not good either. It’s not a waste of time, but it’s pretty forgettable.

Rating on Rotten Tomatoes: 43%

Rating on IMDb: 6.3

Viewing history: Seen 1x. Rental.

9 thoughts on “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

  1. it was quite decent, expecting something from Jerry Bruckheimer Production would still be A grade. Story was quite mediocre but the worst part was… Nicolas Cage’s hair! 🙂 Review is up as well in my site! Cheers.

    • Well it was pretty serviceable as popcorn entertainment xD I actually rather liked the first National Treasure movie, and I sort of worship (regardless of my better judgement) the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I’ve popped over to your site and added it to my links 🙂

  2. National Treasure was commendable far better than Tomb Raider but still second to Indiana Jones “the father ” of treasure hunting films hehehe 🙂 thanks for the drop in as well!

    • You’re welcome 😀 Love Indiana Jones! Too bad I never really watched the first and third films in their entirety. I remember Temple of Doom best – it’s one of the movies I remember watching with my family as a kid.

      • Me too, in my end, I got hooked into it when I saw the Germans got the Ark and they disintegrated and I said “fascinating!!!”

        The last one was a bit stale had funny moments but it wasstill worth the watch 🙂

    • Thanks! 🙂 Actually I started out with one website – for both books and movies. Then later I thought it would be neater this way so I split it into two sites. I just finished moving all the movie posts here not long ago in fact xD

      Earlier this year I was thinking of doing a third website for music… mainly today’s songs. Not to review, just to post my thoughts on songs I’ve heard and liked. But I think I won’t have the time this holidays so I might save it for next year 🙂

  3. that’s something to look forward too! I also have a website for Life’s journeys and I haven’t got the time to write about them especially since I just finished my post -grad. Good luck to you! 🙂

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