Movie Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm

There are some movies that are just supposed to be fun. Just turn off your brain, sit back and enjoy the ride without thinking about it to much. This is that kind of movie. Is it some great cinematic work that people will be talking about years from now? Nope. But it is not supposed to be either. This film knows exactly how to do what’s it’s main purpose is: entertain the audience.

Nicholas Cage is..well..Nicholas Cage. We have seen him do this role many times before. We are not talking about an actor how can transform himself into a completely different character, like Johnny Depp or Liam Neeson can. But that is ok, because audience don’t expect that from him. He is enjoyable to watch doing what he does every movie. I also think Alfred Molina. This is essentially the same role he played in Spiderman 2. The evil villain who looks menacing and orders people around. Once again, it is a pleasure to watch him do this.

To me, the star of the movie is Jay Baruchel, who has been in some of my favorite movies of the past year (Fanboys, She’s Out Of Your League). He is an actor with great future potential playing the lovable geek boy who could turn into this generations Jon Cusak. In this film, he is the grounding figure which helps stabilize the frantic acting going on around him.

This movie is not deep in any way. It is all surface fun. There is no hidden meaning you are going to find after watching it. You are not going to sit around with your friends dissecting plot points or talking about how great the characters were developed. And that is fine, because the movie should not be viewed that way. It should be viewed for what it is, an over the top action film.

The standout feature of the movie is the special effects. Some of the fight and “magic” scenes are spectacular. This film had a budget of close to $130 million, and you can see it in every scene of the film. The money was spent on effects, not script writing.

It is worth throwing this one into your player when you get a chance.

3 out of 5 stars.


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