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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 00:00

The Sorcerer's ApprenticeA masterpiece it’s not, but if you are looking for a couple of hours of family-friendly escapism The Sorcerer’s Apprentice might be just the thing to keep kids from whining about boredom. It’s got magic, comedy and a touch of romance – and as a 10 year old I couldn’t have asked for more.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice might be based on an animated classic, but unlike in Disney’s Fantasia, there are no mouse ears in site. Instead, Jay Baruchel plays Dave, a guy who is mousey on the inside and has no confidence unless he’s in a science lab. Then he meets Balthazar (Nicholas Cage), a wizard from the order of Merlin who has been searching for centuries to find the heir of Merlin’s power to defeat the evil sorceress Morgana. Of course, Dave is the unlikely hero Balthazar is looking for!

Cage is electricNicholas Cage is actually a decent choice for the dry, somewhat blasé sorcerer Balthazar. He’s been around the block a few thousand times and nothing seems to surprise him – perfect for Cage’s expressionless mug. Jay Baruchel is kinda’ charming in a quirky way, but he’s played the same awkward character in every movie he’s been in. All the same it’s their chemistry that keeps the film going through some rather predictable action scenes.

Cage and BaruchelSince the movie is about sorcery anything could happen, which is why I was disappointed not to see something more original being pulled out of the hat. Shouldn’t limitless possibility result in something more creative than high-speed chases around the city?

There is a fun homage to the scene that started it all when Dave tries to clean up his lab with some enchanted brooms! It translates surprisingly well to live action, with the mischievous brooms, buckets and mops wreaking havoc.

This is a fun film, but not quite as fun as it could have been if they had truly let the rabbit out of the hat.