The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)– I could probably pick this movie apart point by point but that would really require giving it too much thought. When you DON’T give it too much thought, this movie is actually pretty fun. Jay Baruchel (as previously proven in She’s Out of My League, How to Train Your Dragon, and several Judd Apatow projects) is pretty much an expert at that whole “likable doofus” stock character. Alfred Molina is evil-yet-cultured, which most Brit actors can do in their sleep. Toby Kebbel plays essentially the same character as he did in Rocknrolla only with magic instead of heroin. Teresa Palmer is hot (that’s pretty much all her role entails). Nic Cage is sort of the problem here. He doesn’t do anythong wrong per se, but this is the kind of role that calls for the swinging from the rafters bugfuck crazy Nic Cage that works well in selected movies. Here we get the somewhat-restrained mildly eccentric Nic Cage that doesn’t really bring much to the table. The influences of Geothe and Fantasia are hardly evident in this movie (although there is a rather obvious homage with sentient cleaning supplies with a variation on the Dukas music) but I don’t think this was aiming to be high art, just fun. There’s definitely something to be said for fun… that’s all this movie was going for, and it succeeded.

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