The Sorcerer's Apprentice Movie Review - Another Bruckheimer Hit

Do you believe in magic?  I do.  So, apparently dose Nicolas Cage.  Getting together with his friend Todd Garner, Nicolas, who had been filming another movie at the time, said he wanted something magical and fantastic where “he could play a character with mystical abilities.”  The pair came up with the plot for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Sorcerer's Apprentice: Nicolas Cage and Jerry Bruckheimer

Nicolas than got together with his Beverly Hills high school buddy, director  Jon Turtletaub.  The result is an innovative action comedy adventure.

Based on the  poem, Der Zauberlehrling, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1797, the 14 stanza is the basis for the Mickey Mouse famous scene at the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  But, although they pay homage to it,  this is not a remake of “ Fantasia.” In fact, Jay Baruchel who plays the young apprentice, Dave Stutler, says that it was “an honor to walk in Mickey’s shoes, but it was also scary.  I didn’t want to mess up and have people remember this.”

Sorcerer's Apprentice: Nic Cage and Jake Cherry

Nicolas enjoys making movies that make kids smile and makes them happy.  His friend Jon enjoys movies with a positive note and dislike gratuitous violence.   Both of these have been accomplished in this movie.  

“I love the world of magic and to be able to bring that to a contemporary audience was really appealing to me,” said producer extraordinaire Jerry Bruckheimer.  “I have always liked stories with a magical element.”  To Bruckheimer, a good story has a strong POV (point of view) which this one does.  

Sorcerer's Apprentice: Alfred Molina

In the story and screenplay by Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Matt Lopez, Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal, Merlin, and his three assistants Balthazar Blazer ( Nicolas Cage), Maxim Horvath ( Alfred Molina) and Victoria ( Monica Bellucci) fight to destroy Morgana Le Fey.( Alice Maud Krige).  With her captured in the doll, Balthazar realizes that it is his responsibility to see the end of Morgana.  

Balthazar roams the world looking for the next master sorcerer but not until young Dave ( Jake Cherry) stumbles into this antique shop, does Balthazar know he has found the one.  Frightened off by the appearance of Maxim as he appears out of the doll, Dave runs away.  

Years later, as a geeky physics student, an older Dave fights with his roommate, Bennet, ( Omar Benson Miller), resisting socializing.  Dave has a total crush on Becky Barnes ( Teresa Palmer), whom he had known in grade school, but she won’t even look at him.  

When Balthazar finds the boy again, he must convince him to learn the sorcerer tricks so that he can help save the world from Morgana.  Of course, the relationship with Becky gets in the way of learning.

One of the funniest scenes is a rendition of Fantasia when Dave, trying to get ready for a date with Becky, uses magic to clean his labs and must rely on Balthazar to help him out.  

Sorcerer's Apprentice: Jay Baruchel and Teresa Palmer

Not until Becky is kidnapped by Maxim and his side kick, Drake Stone ( Toby Kebbell), does Dave realizes that he must help Balthazar and not betray the cause.  

Sorcerer's Apprentice: Gregory Woo

The wonderful action takes place all over New York from Chinatown, where another evil magician, Sun Lok ( Gregory Woo) is released, to Bowling Green where Dave eventually succeeds in his quest and Balthazar is reunited with his love, as well.  

Sorcerer's Apprentice: Alfred Molina and Jay Baruchel

Executive produced by Nic Cage, Mike Stenson, Todd Garner, Chad Oman, Norman Golightly, Barry Waldman,  and assisted by Pat Sandston, the movie was greatly enhanced with music by Trevor Rabin.  John Nelson did visual effects, while John Frazer did special effects.  William Goldberg edited the film while Bojan Bazelli served as director of photography.  Without Naomi Shohan’s excellent production design and Michael Kaplan’s costuming, the story would have been lacking.  

Sorcerer's Apprentice: Nic Cage and Monica Bellucci

A fun part of the screening was getting to take pictures with the mystical bolt. 

Sorcerer's Apprentice: Henry Tarlow with the plasma bolt.

This magical movie is well worth not one but several viewings.  Adults and children will enjoy the story which is artfully written.  

The film will be released on July 14, 2010.  For more information, go to

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