Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice

What do you get when you put  Nicholas Cage, Alfred Molina, Jay Baruchel, and Toby Kebbell in the same room? You get a fantastic Disney movie. 

Who'd a thunk?

Disney's  The Sorcerer's Apprentice, is "an adventure about a sorcerer and his hapless apprentice who were swept to the center of an ancient conflict between good and evil."

What did I think of the film, you ask?

It was Laugh Out Loud funny, witty and you will definitely leave with a smile at the end. It might also make you yell into the face of the Disney representative, "That movie was awesome!" as you skip out of the theater (if you're as weird as I am, that is).

So what's this movie about? Here's a brief synopsis:

Balthazar Blake (NICOLAS CAGE) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (ALFRED MOLINA). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (JAY BARUCHEL), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE. The screenplay is by Matt Lopez and Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard from a screen story by Matt Lopez and Larry Konner & Mark Rosenthal.

Jake Cherry does an amazing job as young Dave (the apprentice, or the charmingly named "Prime Merlinian"). The adult Dave  Jay Baruchel, is quite funny in his classic awkward ways.  Nicholas Cage   plays Balthazar Blake, the heart broken good guy. My favorite character is Alfred Molina who plays the stylishly smooth Horvath, the bad guy who is equally as heart broken (and who does an amazing job, as always... he was a kick-ass villain...wait, can I say that in a Disney review?). His side kick is a hack-of-a-sorcerer Drake Stone played by Toby Kebbell who provides a lot of comic relief.

Although this was a male dominated movie, Monica Belluci who plays Veronica, Alice Krige, who plays Morgana and Teresa Palmer, who plays Becky (Dave's love interest) let their presence be known throughout the film, however briefly.

There's the constant chase, sorcery-gone-a-muck, a hint of the original Mickey Mouse short, and threads of romance weaved throughout this film. It's a movie for your family or just for Date Night with your partner.

So if you're looking for a fun film to watch - with a moral letting us all know that the power to be extraordinary is within us, then be sure to head straight to the movies!

Special thanks to Ascending Butterfly who let the people at Disney know I exist! They hooked me up with two reserved seats for the packed theater. Nevertheless, my Deep thoughts on this post are just my honest opinion.