Summer Blockbusters are into full swing, and with that we turn to a prime example of a box office hit: The Sorcerers Apprentice. This film starring Nicholas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina is set in downtown New York City. Blending the predictable Sword and Socrery film formula and some traditional Arthurian Folklore, The Sorcerers Apprentice makes for an interesting film to say the least.
The Story follows the folklore of Balthazar Blake(Cage) and his conquests against his arch-rival and once friend, Maxim Horvath (Molina). Set in modern day NYC, a young NYU student with a troubled past named Dave Stutler (Baruchel), is chosen to be Balthazar’s apprentice thus becoming the last Prime Merlinian. Balthazar proceeds to give Stutler a magical education in order to stop Horvath and his master, Morgan le Fay.
One winning aspect of the film is Alfred Molina’s Portrayal of Maxim Horvath. Molina goes back to his roots to play a character out of place in time and personality. He is able to covey the characters sophistication’s while also foreshadowing his convictions. Its his victorian style of villainy that readily shines through in the film. Nicholas Cage also does a great job of continuing to play crazed characters, with The Sorcerers Apprentice no different.
Baruchel however, does a great job of overacting his role as an awkward nerdy college student, vying for the girl of his dreams’ affections. Just looking at Baruchel, one would know that he can play an awkward character, however hearing him speak makes the viewer cringe and his uncomfortability. His story/character arc of transforming from a nerdy student to a confident socrerer, is overplayed and unbelievable. This is because no matter what he does, his characters convey insecurity.
Overall, I’d give this film a 6/10. This is because although there were some shining sub-plots and acting, there were many times I sat there thinking when will Dave Stutler finally come out of his shell and become a true, brave sorcerer. My understanding is that this never happened.