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Sunday, May 31, 2015

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Movie Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Branching From the Book-Bases)

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina
Release Date: July 14, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
Balthazar Blake is a modern-day sorcerer with his hands full defending Manhattan against dark forces. When a seemingly average kid shows hidden potential, Balthazar takes his reluctant recruit on a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the ultimate sorcerer's apprentice.

I really only watched The Sorcerer's Apprentice for the purpose of a chemistry project (settled for Divergent in the end though).

The first fifteen minutes of the movie consists of the past with Merlin and whatnot (I didn't pay too much attention). Centuries later, a young David comes across Balthazar (one of Merlin's apprentices) in an antique shop and witnesses something absolutely unbelievable. Then, ten years later, David is a college student studying physics.

I didn't really like David. It seems as though he's being portrayed as a really shy person, but David is so shy, it's awkward. It's extremely awkward, and David sticks out like a sore thumb from very early on in the movie. Even the little random things that could have been funny ends up sounding awkward as well.

David also seems to be some sort of "damsel in distress" of sorts. Really, I'm not even sure what you call a male version of a damsel in distress. I swear every time David gets attacked, Balthazar swoops in and saves the day – I started to wonder when the roles would be switched and David would be saving Balthazar instead. In the not-existing sequel?

Balthazar, on the other hand, seemed pretty emotionless. He's obviously serious and doesn't beat around the bush, but other than that, he's all, "Let's go full on training so we can take out the bad guys! Oh, and by the way, the world's going to end if you don't do that, so this is your numero uno priority."

The Sorcerer's Apprentice really just felt like something I would give to a younger audience to watch – definitely not a teenager who decided to watch a movie for fun (and probably wanted something like The Avengers). It has everything you would find in a typical Disney movie – chasing cars, really cute romance, dancing mops. It's just not animated.

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