By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
At times while sitting in the theater watching “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” it seemed like the potential existed for this to be a good movie.
There are whimsical moments and plot twists that suggest entertaining things ahead.
But then we get to another cliché or illogical scene, and the feeling slips away.
I think I’ve hit on the reason for that: Six people are listed in the writing credits. In general, collaboration is a good thing. Then again, everybody knows what too many cooks can do.
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” stars Nicolas Cage as Balthazar, a wizard who has lived for centuries, trying to find a successor to Merlin (James A. Stephens).
That brings him to Dave (Jay Baruchel), a wiz at physics and about as nerdy as a guy can get without the aid of a pocket protector.
Dave becomes Balthazar’s apprentice, and you know that some time during the movie he’s going to have a crazy time with magical buckets and mops. That’s because the story was built around the “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” short from Disney’s animated classic, “Fantasia.”
Balthazar wants Dave to be serious about his studies because there’s a big showdown coming, but Dave’s just starting to get along with Becky (Teresa Palmer). Even though the “world as we know it” will end if Dave doesn’t master his abilities, he and Becky still manage a few dates.
I don’t know, folks. From start to finish, there are entertaining moments in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” but they don’t build on each other. Let’s call it “The Sorcerer’s Attempt.”
I give it a D plus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “The Socerer’s Apprentice” a B. “It’s not what I expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.”