So Nic Cage has excellent hair in this movie. For those who know me, I am a firm believer that if Cage has good hair then the movie will be good. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is based on a snipit from the Disney movie Fantasia, where Mickey Mouse is the sorcerer’s apprentice. How do you make a two-hour movie from that? Very carefully and cross your fingers.
The storyline was good considering the source material. In the days of Merlin, Balthazar(Cage), Horvath (Molina) and Veronica (Palmer) were his apprentices. They of course had a nemesis, Morgana, who wanted to raise the dead and take over the world. Balthazar was forced to trap Morgana and Veronica, who sacrificed herself in order to spoil her plot. Balthazar learned to late that Horvath was working with Morgana and not Merlin. With his last breath, Merlin made Balthazar promise to search for the prime merlinian because that is the only sorcerer who can defeat the evil Morgana. For a thousand years Balthazar searched and then he found a ten-year old named Dave.
Dave of course wasn’t ready and caused all kinds of trouble for the Balthazar by having him trapped for ten years with Horvath! Once both sorcerers were released from their trap it is a race to find Dave and to find the doll that entrapped both Morgana and Veronica. The rest of the film we watch Dave become trained, fall in love, make stupid choices and finally fill his “old man shoes” and become the prime merlinian. This movie has good special effects and action. The story starts out fun then gets cheezy and finally ends well. I give the film 3/5 stars. You should see this as a matinée. For Sunshine’s thoughts go here.