Reviews: The Sorcerers Apprentice
Quite a fun film.
This is a bizarre film, to say the least. I don't think I'll ever again come across a work of fantasy that juxtaposes Arthurian lore* with hip 21st-century New York college kids. I'd love this movie even if it wasn't a fantasy film, simply because of the quirky lead cast, especially the protagonist, Dave. I think that in this age, with an ever-growing, more vocal nerd demographic, a character like this can be identified with very easily. It helps that he's basically Hiccup in live-action form, due to them both being Jay Baruchel. It has a bit of an overstuffed story and LOADS of (probably intentional) beaten fantasy cliches, but it's a fun, whimsical, laid-back movie that doesn't take itself too seriously, and the script is adequately witty. Again, the immensely likable characters are what alone make this worth watching, at least for me. Best part was the Tesla Coil music player scene, which also doubles as a Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming.
I watched this movie out of boredom and I have to say that it was better than I thought it would be. It certainly wasn't breaking any new ground, but sometimes you get a story that uses it's cliches in the right way. This was one of those.The story itself was pretty simple: Love Triangle, Sealed Evil in a Can, Chosen One, etc. The Infodump at the beginning of the story was useful, if a bit spoiler-laden. The casting for each character fit. The special effects were decent, but they weren't overdone. The first battle in the magic shop had a good HSQ, as did the Chinatown sequence with the dragon. The bad guys weren't used as well as they could be, but they served their purposes. All in all, I'd give it 3 stars.