“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice": Craptastic

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.
Release Date: July 14th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor and brief language.
Distributors: Walt Disney Pictures

Director: Jon Turteltaub

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: Not in theaters. Mainly a specific OneRepublic scene.
Own it: Nope.
Recommended it to: anyone that enjoys semi-fun magic movie that seems like a cheap Harry Potter in story, not in cost or look.

Dave (Jay Baruchel) is special because a dragon ring loves his finger. Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) is ecstatic. Dave does want to be a sorcerer, then doesn’t want to, and then comes back to be that special, awesome person he’s prophesied to be. That’s how these movies go. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

The thing that bothers me about The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is that it has no summer feel. It lacks the kick and the fun that is necessary to be a summer movie. It felt like an early spring movie or a fall movie before the big moment of Thanksgiving. It shouldn’t have been released during summer. This adds to the many movies that were released during summer that are just not summer fun.

I gave it B+ for many reasons. One of the reasons was that it had a hint of fun. The sets were neat. The scene with the One Republic song “Secrets” was fantastic, unique and a well put-together light show. The CGI work was enjoyable and the acting alright. The story, however, wasn’t strong, and the climax and end scene lacked the oomph necessary to make it totally summer-worthy.

Every fun scene was trounced by some odd need to ruin it. The scene that paid homage to Fantasia with the mops and brooms cleaning was pretty good and funny, but missed great opportunities to be more. The National Treasure movies were historically fun; why couldn’t Jon Turteltaub make a magical movie fun? What stopped him from doing that?

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is part of the Craptastic Summer, but it’s the best of the Craptastic films I’ve seen. Being the best on a list of crap doesn’t mean you’re not crappy. No amount of plasma bolts could change that.


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