The clip following the credits poises a possible sequel. Will it happen or not depends entirely on audience reception to the fantasy adventure The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
When my son first invited me to accompany his family to the movie, I was loathe to go. I thought that the movie would be a rip off and mockery of the Fantasia cut with Mickey Mouse as the sorcerer’s apprentice. It wasn’t. Its script was totally independent of the animated cartoon from its setting to its high point to its working out.
Backstory: 700 A. D. Merlin dies as Morgana le Fay (Alice Krige) manipulates three sorcerers Balthazar Blake (Nicholas Cage), Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina), and Veronica Gorloisen (Monica Belucci). In a battle of good vs evil for Merlin’s power, Veronica sacrifices herself for Balthazar and she, Morgana, and Horvath are emprisoned in the Grimhold.
Manhattan, 2000 A. D.: Ten year old Dave Stulter (Jay Baruchel) wanders into an antique store run by Balthazar Blake. Balthazar gives him the dragon ring because he knows he is the Prime Merlinian successor. Horvath appears and frightens him. The boy escapes humiliated as Balthazar and Horvath are trapped.
Ten years pass. Dave renews his friendship and hope of romance with former schoolmate Becky (Teresa Palmer). Balthazar free again, teaches Dave sorcery. With time the protege gains confidence and skill. Horvath also free again, aligns evil forces Sun Lok (Gregory Woo), Drake Stone (Toby Kendall), and Abigail Williams (Nicole Ehinger) to help him free Morgana. The two dark forces want Merlin’s spell to accomplish the rising of the evil dead.
It almost happens except…. Master Balthazar helps teach apprentice Dave how to use magic strengthened by science. The two succeed in stopping the dark forces before Balthazar sacrifices himself for his love Veronica. No spoiler alert will follow. You will have to discover the ending yourself.
I enjoyed this family movie. Its plot, action, and special effects fit together well. Special effects like mummy-like bug evolution, the disintegration of the nesting doll, the electromagnetic displays, and the circle of fire added to the feel of magic and sorcery. Nothing seemed gratuitous as everything built on the characters and their
stories. The Chinese New Year’s set with its dragon, the car chase scene complete with physical vehicle changes, the raging metal bull, the flying steel eagle provided eye candy and CGI spectacle.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a bit frightening but still full of fun. The slapstick of Dave’s physical training sessions, the out of control cleaning of his lab by mops a la Mickey Mouse, and the unexpected subtle bit of wolf pup humor all made me smile broadly. Hope that a sequel follows.
The 1-disc combo pack (Blu-ray feature film + bonus and DVD feature film + bonus) will be available in stores and on line November 30, 2010. Special features include Magic in the City, The Science of Sorcery, Making Magic Real, Fantasia: A Reinvented Classic, The World’s coolest car, 5 Deleted scenes, Outtakes, Plus More. Running time is approximately 109 minutes with SMRP of $44.99.
Here’s a clip called Cleaning Up.
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