The Sorcerer’s Apprentice showcases the magic of poetry
Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Monica Bellucci and Toby Kebbell bring to life the story of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Walt Disney’s 2010 fantasy adventure based on the poems of Paul Dukas and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
The film was directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer who is best known producing action films like The Pirates of the Caribbean series, Prince of Persia and the National Treasure series which also stars Cage.
The magic begins in 2000 with Balthazar Blake (Cage), a modern day magician fighting the forces of evil and his arch enemy Maxim Horvath (Molina), searches for the person that will inherit Merlin’s powers, the Prime Merlinian, and finally destroy Morgana le Fay, a powerful sorceress from the Arthurian age.
He gets to meet the successor to Merlin’s powers, a 10 year old David “Dave” Stutle, but only for moment as Horvath accidentally gets released from his prison, a magical prison in the shape of a nesting doll called the Grimhold, which ensures an all out magic war.
In order to save, Dave’s life, Balthazar opens an ancient Chinese urn, with a 10 year lock, and imprisons himself and Horvath.
10 years later (2010), Dave (Baruchel) is now a physics student at New York University but still has problems because of his encounter with the sorcerers. He is also reacquainted with an old crush Becky (Palmer). However, the urn that imprisoned the sorcerers opens again releasing Horvath and then Balthazar.
Horvath, seeing Dave with the Grimhold last, starts looking for him so that he may be able to release Morgana who is also imprisoned in another layer of the prison Alfred Molina certainly has a way with portraying the antagonist especially in roles of ‘good guy gone bad’ like he did in Spider Man 2 which he played Dr. Otto Octavius or ‘Doctor Octopus’.
Here, his character Horvath was a student of Merlin and a close friend to Balthazar. However, he and Balthazar fall in love with fellow sorceress Veronica Gorloisen (Bellucci) who returns Balthazar’s affections.
This causes a fallout between him and Balthazar and the ultimate betrayal of Merlin. Jay Baruchel, who plays the 20 year old Dave, if you can recall was the ‘slow’ boxer with enthusiasm in Million Dollar Baby or Ben Stone’s friend in Knocked Up or as Kevin Sandusky in Tropic Thunder and more recently in the lead role of She’s Out of My League which explains the similarities in the characters.
The script is cleverly written by Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard and Matt Lopez incorporates scientific explanations for magic.
As Balthazar teachers and explains the concept of magic to Dave, he uses physics as his choice of vocabulary mainly because it would be easier for Dave to understand.
The explanation of what makes a sorcerer is pretty cool especially being able to fully utilize the power of the brain to control matter.
The blending of the poems is perfect –kudos to the team. I really enjoyed this film and although released under Walt Disney banner, which is more family oriented, this film has it all – romance, explosions, fights and most importantly magic.