Theres a lack of really fun and well made fantasy films these days. In past couple of years we have gotten lots of movies starring a multitude of irritating kids in the lead roles, but instead Sorcerer’s Apprentice has one of my all favourite actors, Nicolas Cage. Sorcerer’s Apprentice is well made, fun and exciting from start to end.
Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage), a highly skilled sorcerer searches for the successor of Merlin and the only person that can kill the evil Morgana (Alice Krige). Blake finds this person in the form of New Yorker Dave and Blake must train him in art of sorcery. Dave must try to toggle his new-found love interest in childhood sweetheart Becky (Teresa Palmer) and his new-found magical responsibility.
Nicolas Cage has been getting a lot of stick for the past couple of years for his movie choices and although I have hated some of his recent films, I really enjoyed this film and his National Treasure films. In this, Cage plays the ultra cool and skilled Blake and hes mostly serious, with a hint of humour thrown in for good measure. I always liked Cage because he has that look and persona that is needed from the best movie stars, meaning he or she should be larger than life. Jay Baruchel (Shes Out Of My League) is solid too as the geek who has life turned upside down, only to have it change for the better. His love interest with Teresa Palmer is a nice and cute foundation to the film, amidst all the fantasy and magic mumbo jumbo.
Sorcerer’s Apprentice is full of massive CGI scenes, and thankfully the CGI is top-notch and sometimes really impressive. One scene that really impresses is a high-speed chase in the constantly changing cars, that includes an interesting mirror trick. The film has been knocked for being clichéd but I found the action sequences to be a breath of fresh air with some imaginative effects. The plot maybe familiar territory, but the save the world and get the girl concept is so classic that I welcomed it. Sorcerer’s Apprentice will impress every age, because of its solid acting from its veteran cast and a good execution of a tried and tested plot.