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   Jul 18

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Are you enthralled by magic? Do you love action and car chases? Do you thrive on fantasies? Are you a kid at heart who loves to have a good time? Do you enjoy the comedy genre?

If you’ve been nodding your head along to all these questions, then “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is a movie for you. It has all these and much more!!!

To summarize this movie in a nutshell;  The story begins in 740 AD when the evil sorceress Morgan le Fay is successful in murdering Merlin with the help of Maxim Horvath – one of Merlin’ very own apprentice – who had betrayed him and steals Merlin’ ‘Rising’ spell – an incantation that will resurrect an army to enslave mankind. Veronica (another trusted apprentice of Merlin) draws Morgana into her own body so she can be destroyed. However, Balthazar who’s in love with Veronica traps them both inside the Grimhold. With his last breath, Merlin reveals to Balthazar Blake – the only surviving apprentice – about the ‘Prima Merlinium’ who is the only one that can destroy Morgan. For years Balthazar searches for the ‘Prima Merlinium’, capturing all those evil sorcerers who try to release Morgana, into Grimholds.

Now the movie moves to the modern year 2000 in Manhattan where the 10 year old David Stutler is on a class field trip. He very ingeniously asks his crush Becky if she would want to be his friend or girl friend in the form of a note which he loses before reading her answer. He follows this note to an antique store ‘Arcana Cabana’ where he meets with Balthazar who soon enough figures that David is the one he had been searching for all this while. Accidentally David lets loose Horvath from his Grimhold. A fight ensue and Balthazar seals himself and Horvath in a bewitched urn for a decade.

Fast forward to ’10 years later’, David is a Physics nerd with his own unlicensed laboratory and still in love with Becky. In the meanwhile Horvath is the first to escape from the enchanted urn, but is unsuccessful in destroying Balthazar. Both catch up with David and the search for the Grimhold that holds Morgana captive begins.

Balthazar involves himself completely in training a reluctant David to become a sorcerer. Dave in the mean time catches up with Becky and tries to woo her back. What follows is an action packed, enthralling, fantasy adventure that realists out there might scorn at but dreamers will thrive in!! You’ve got to watch it!!! :)

Although predictable, (C’mmon now! No movie ever shows an ‘end of the world’ except for maybe 2010 and that one turned out to be a flop!!) Nicholas Cage plays a convincing role as a mentor and Jay Baruchel with his adolescent voice and reluctant tone is endearing. Although I admit I thought Monica Bellucci would have a bigger role, Bellucci as well as Palmer end up as eye candy. Horvath who is well known to us as Doc Ock from Spiderman 2, plays a very compelling role as the anti-nemesis to Balthazar.

Overall, I would say: Baruchel was endearing but to grow as an actor he would need to work on ‘variety’. Horvath is sure to get many more ‘villainous’ roles. Cage rocks as always!!!! And someone really must exercise Bellucci’ acting skills. They are letting a good actress go to waste by not giving her many lines. A special mention to Drake Stone, (Toby Kebbel) who helps Horvath in his evil ambitions.

Although ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ is receiving mixed reviews, I completely enjoyed this movie. From the first scene on, I was hooked! The excellent acting and the cinematography with all the magical jumbo and wizardry kept me at the edge of my seat throughout most of the movie.

A family comedy which kids are sure to enjoy, once again Jerry Bruckheimer, Jon Turteltaub, and Nicholas Cage has worked along with Disney to give us a magical movie! It’s assured that you will walk out of the theatre in great spirits with a smile on your face however predictable the movie might be. Unless you are a skeptic!

I personally would love to watch this movie once again!!!!

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