Reviews and Problems with The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
17 October 2013
Excerpt: You know what I think of whenever I delve into Goethe? I think it would make an awesome summer adventure movie in the Jerry Bruckheimer vein. I think we can all agree "The Sorrows of Young Werther" would be much better if there were contemporary references and jokes in it, and some more explosions.
Excerpt: Everyone that remembers Mickey Mouse having problems with magic in Fantasia will appreciate one important scene in The Sorcerers Apprentice. This movie is based loosely on that scene, but tells a much deeper story. Merlin and Morgana fight when one of Merlin's three apprentices betrays him. Another apprentice sacrifices herself to stop Morgana, and the the third is entrusted with finding the boy who will save the world from Morgana.
Excerpt: With the popularity of the “Harry Potter” movies, it would appear that movies about the occult or simply fantasy in general are becoming a more popular. Granted, to some, these movies never really went out. Still, newer movies like “The Bridge to Taribethia”, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, “The Lord of the Rings” and so on, the genre is simply bursting at the seams with material.
Summary: Let’s be honest. This is strictly a popcorn movie. If you’ve enjoyed the likes of the National Treasure and Pirates films, you are very likely to enjoy this one. If you’re looking for something more serious or substantive or if you want to see something very much like the Fantasia segment, I’m afraid this one is apt to disappoint. The film was intended as yet another potential franchise for the team, but that idea is very much in danger at this point.
Excerpt: It’s official. Hollywood completely believes we have no imagination. It has now been deemed necessary to give a logical, scientific explanation as to why people can levitate things, shoot fireballs, and strike with lightning. What happened to a force that surrounds us, binds us, and holds the universe together? Oh, right, those were midichlorians.
Excerpt: Balthazar Blake is a modern-day sorcerer with his hands full defending Manhattan against dark forces. When a seemingly average kid shows hidden potential, Balthazar takes his reluctant recruit on a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the ultimate sorcerer's apprentice.
Conclusion: I was pleasantly surprised by Jon Turteltaub's 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice.' My expectations were extremely low after so many movies that have gorged themselves on CGI effects and left little else to create a dramatic, engaging story with loveable characters. 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' is a fine balance of both. It's fun, energetic, and smart. The video and audio are both demo-worthy.
Excerpt: The Film Usually, you can tell how good a Nicolas Cage movie is by the caliber of his hair. It's really the best gauge, considering how the guy seems to have at least one movie per season now. However, the hair rule does not apply to The Sorcerer's Apprentice , a good old-fashioned story of good versus evil, with a boatload of magic and special effects sprinkled in. That's not to say that it's a good movie, but it won't leave you wincing in pain either.
Conclusion: I enjoyed the movie and the audio/visual quality of this disc is amazing but I’m not as happy about how the special features were handled. During my talk with the film’s director Jon Turteltaub, he mentioned that he thought there was too much content on the disc and he especially didn’t want the deleted scenes added, which may explain why the disc feels anemic as far as the extras go.