The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The first thing that I will say about it is this: unexpectedly but breathtakingly amazing. This is the only movie that I watched in the cinema more than once without my getting bored at any point– and I get bored very easily. It’s Disney so one would expect a good if not very cool movie, but The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is more than that.

[Warning: Spoilers ahead.]

The Concept: It reminded me of alchemy (from Full Metal Alchemist); rather than creating something from thin air, the sorcerers ‘transmute’ or manipulate things around them. Sorcery is both magic AND science. This interpretation has always intrigued me the most, because it is more, shall I say- realistic. While the draw of magic is the mystery that surrounds it, making it too unreal puts it in a whole other plane and nigh unimaginable, unentertaining to those who are too grounded to logic.

The Story: It’s the typical “omg chosen one!”, the typical geeky hero who wants a hot chick, the typical good versus evil- but the storytelling is stellar. Things unfold quickly and in a very logical way; no stupid disbelief that runs through the whole story and there are a lot of allusions to popular culture which made me go “ohhhh hey I know where that’s from!” The only part of the story that I found quite laughable was Horvath’s reason for betraying Merlin: Veronica chose Balthazar over him. Dude, what? The girl likes your friend more… and you turn evil? Yeah destroy the world, that’ll make her love you.

The Characters: They were all very enjoyable- and oh so not-stupid. Except maybe for Drake Stone, because he was

BOOBS! I mean, Veronica!

supposed to look like a idiot, albeit a funny and powerful one. The characters did not run around going “impossible!” unlike in other magical movies; they accepted the truth pretty quickly especially since the ‘evidence’ were staring right at their faces. A dude just jumped off of the building and flew away on a gigantic steel eagle: next thing you know, the other dude tells you that he’s a sorcerer. Other leading ladies would have gone “you’re insane!” or “that’s impossible!” but oh no, not Becky– and so I love Becky. Almost everyone who had more than a minute of screen time was useful, they were involved; even Mickey Mouse’s (I mean, Dave) best buddy was useful near the end of the movie. The only thing that I did not like was the wee bit of screentime that the scary little Salem witch got.

Kamehame~ HA!

Balthazar was an awesome master who did not always blame his socially inept apprentice; rather he was understanding and he was not hypocritical, because he truly understood what the college kid was going through when it came to the little thing called love. Dave had the typical problems of being too awkward and somewhat of a loser who liked a pretty girl, but it was not the usual teenage-life issue; it was something that anyone of any age could relate to and he was not a totally useless nerd. He lost confidence in himself because of the embarrassment that he endured when he was young, but over time he learned to trust his capabilities.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is fast-paced. The effects are mind-blowing but you’ll notice that only if you look closely, because they are all so properly melded with the story that it flows smoothly all the time. The acting is believable as if you’re really watching this whole other world where things are happening to these people… okay that sounded a bit stalker-ish, haha. Well the point is, I have not enjoyed a movie this much in a long, long time. I loved Alice in Wonderland and Prince of Persia for different reasons, but to enjoy every moment and to go “aaaahw” when the movie’s over… definitely a rare occurrence for me.

I recommend “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” to people of different age groups and preferences because it is highly entertaining. And that’s what a movie is, isn’t it? “Entertainment”.


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  1. Trackback: Sorcery is Science and Magic « Crazy.Apple

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