The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

For a long time, my wife recommended we watch The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. I recall skipping the film when it was released, thinking it wasn’t going to be my cup of tea. Since we’ve been in the house for many weeks now, we have begun to alter between movie picks again. This was her selection.

Of course, I liked that this movie was set in New York City. It was a great backdrop because who really knows what happens in the city that never sleeps. People from all walks of life call the Big Apple home, and most of them don’t want to know what happens in the shadows and in the tunnels. That serves as an excellent cover for sorcerers to train and battle while humans sleep.

Jay Baruchel steals the show here. Although Nicholas Cage was deemed the main star of the film, Jay is the focal point that keeps everything moving. Whether he’s working on his science project, chasing a girl, learning his magic touch, or being stupid at every turn, without his charisma, this movie would be lame. 

It was pretty exciting to see how the curse travelled centuries and found an opportunity to go public in the modern world. I usually enjoy movies that weave the past into the future, giving ancient stories a modern spin.

Disney has a long history of good films and some rather odd choices. For the longest time, I thought The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was going to be a low budget, CGI mess. It was quite the opposite, and like I said, the main character is the heart of it all, despite his shortcomings. 7/10

 

 

 


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