Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: July 14, 2010 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
Jay Baruchel is a perfect Dave Stutler, The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
I once asked Jerry Bruckheimer how he found the time to be into so many projects, he didn't give me a clear answer, but he constantly finds material that is adventurous and exciting to watch on the screen. His director Jon Turteltaub folds this adventure into a world surviving action floated on a stream of comedy and excitement.
Nicolas Cage a master sorcerer, Balthazar Blake, works in Manhattan to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). While some of the sorcerers spend their time in a Russian style container in a container in a container, we learn that Monica Bellucci was the apple of the eye both for Molina and Cage. Alice Krige from Star Trek: First Contact is Morgana, another of the bad guys who takes control and must be defeated.
The fun comes when Cage flies around on a metal gargoyle and Baruchel plays with wet mops to the music from the original Fantasia while wearing old man's shoes. Twists occur as a bull comes to life in the city and the two drive a shape shifting car that looks best in old style.
Dave Stutler as a kid is seen drawing King Kong and airplanes on the window of his school bus just perfectly so they appear to be on and around the empire state building as the school bus passes. Becky (Teresa Palmer) the little girl he hoped to impress, shows up later and remembers his smart drawing. Dave's working lab is filled with electrostatic charges which further impress Becky.
Before the good guys win as expected, we see a fire breathing dragon and a dragon ring critical to the plot.
Without a spectacular or innovative script The Sorcerer's Apprentice could easily fail but the performances of Baruchel and Cage enhance the adventure and allow us to laugh even at the stolen line from Star Wars.