New In Theaters Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

So Disney put out their summer block buster movie this past weekend with the release of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. The movie is about a sorcerer named Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) who has been searching for centuries for the person who is destined to replace his teacher Merlin, as the main sorcerer of the world. He will know of this chosen one by the reaction of a ring he has been carrying all of these years. When he finally meets a young boy, that the ring responds to, the boy causes an accident that releases Balthazar’s arch enemy Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina) from being trapped in a magical container. Balthazar manages to trap himself and Horvath into another confinement after he casts a spell on the two of them.

Now 10 years later, the spell wears off and Horvath is able to free himself. He now sets out to release a sorceress who has greater power than himself, so that together they can rule the world. He will first have to find the boy to find out what happened to the container the sorceress was trapped in. Balthazar also released from the spell, knows that Horvath will be going after the boy, so he must find him first. Meanwhile the boy, Dave (Jay Baruchel) is now 20 years old and doesn’t want to remember anything that happened on that day 10 years ago. When Balthazar finds Dave he convinces him that he will have no choice but to learn magic, for he will be the only one that will be able to defeat the sorceress and stop her plans. It will be a race against time as Horvath is also becoming more powerful by recruiting other sorcerers in his quest to release the mighty sorceress. Will Balthazar be able to teach Dave enough magic to stand up to the challenge he is about to face? Will Dave be able to defeat the sorceress and save the world?

I had been waiting to see this movie since the first time I found out they were filming it in New York City. I actually had the pleasure of seeing the cars that were used in the movie, when they had them parked outside of the building I work in. By the looks of the exotic cars that were there, I knew that there would be at least a really nice car chase scene in the movie. Then when I found out that Nicolas Cage was staring in the movie, I knew it would be good. I wasn’t disappointed on either thought. The action and special effects in this movie were superb. Nicolas Cage did a great job as Balthazar. Jay Baruchel was also good as the shy, geeky kid who was good at physics, but awkward around girls. The only girl he wasn’t shy around was the girl of his past who he had always liked. Her name was Becky (Teresa Palmer) and he wanted to be with her every since they were young. Teresa Palmer was also good as Becky and she’s a very attractive young actress who you might remember from the movie “December Boys “from 2007 where she co-starred with Daniel Radcliff. She was also in Adam Sandler’s movie “Bedtime Stories” from 2008. Jay Barachel is becoming quite the comedic actor as his stardom is gradually rising. He was just in the movie “She’s out of Your League” and did the voice of the main character in “How to Train Your Dragon”, both movies I reviewed and can be read here on G Style Magazine. That makes three movies where he was either the star or co-star in just this year alone. If you read the rest of his bio, your find that he’s been in a lot of movies that have made money, mostly dramatic comedies or romantic comedies.

Alfred Molina was very dastardly as the main villain in this movie. He played the character well and should be back, if they decide to make a sequel. Like I said earlier, the special effects in this movie were really good. The scene with the car chase was outstanding, and the steel eagle from on top of the Chrysler Building was a great effect. I enjoyed this movie and would definitely recommend it as a family movie. I give this movie 3 spells out of 4. It had a nice mix of special effects and adventure. The movie runs 1 hour and 51mins. It was rated PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor and brief language. The story was written by David Berenbaum, Matt Lopez, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Lawrence Konner, and Mark D. Rosenthal based on source material from the poem “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. It was directed by Jon Turteltaub. It was produced by Saturn Films, Broken Road Productions, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, KNB EFX Group, Inc. It was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

Disney always brings a certain magical feeling to their movies. Ezo
Next week’s review: TBD