I have grown to really appreciate the work of Jerry Bruckheimer, beginning with Pirates of the Caribbean to National Treasure. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was another piece of his filming mastery.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a tale that deals with sorcery, magical spells, and the battle between good and evil. Originally an animated orchestra sequence in Fantasia featuring apprentice, Mickey Mouse in the famous conjuring of the brooms and pails of water, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is played by She’s Out of Your League's Jay Baruchel and National Treasure's Nicholas Cage as the Sorcerer, Balthasar.
It is a typical Disney movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed the edge and personality of the film. Filled with an intriguing story of love, betrayal, self-sacrifice, and the 1000 year quest to find the successor of Merlin, I was pleasantly surprised and fervently watching the screen in utter fascination. I am a big fan of fairy tales and folklore, where impossibilities like magic are real. I am also a lover of mating fantasy with real life, as this film does so well. When Dave Stutler (Baruchel), a geeky and awkward Physics Major attending NYU in the year 2010, is chosen to be the successor of Merlin, I found myself really enjoying his genuine character, abounding with quirky lovable jokes and deep courage. The entire movie in general was very well-rounded and filled with drama, thrills, jokes and innuendos.
I did enjoy Baruchel's character. He had a certain humor and strength that was much different from the average nerdy zero-to-hero character of Disney films. Dave Stutler was a genuine, awkward, and kind fellow, a character that I found to be relatable and very real. He was the perfect realistic science guy, funny with a sort of kooky attitude I came to support and like. I was also surprised to really enjoy Nicholas Cage as the age-old Sorcerer of lore, despite my vision of the strict, silent, and scary Sorcerer in Fantasia.
Do not expect this film to be exactly like Fantasia’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice. It is an adapted tale set in a current time with sorcerer’s both good and evil fighting to maintain the balance of justice in the world. However, for those avid Fantasia fans, like myself, there is one scene that is filled with magical broomsticks and a popular tune. There is something for everyone in this movie!