By Morgan Rose Wilson
Do you remember the famous sorcerer's apprentice scene from "Fantasia" - the one starring Mickey Mouse? Ever wondered what the before and after were of that scene? These questions can be answered in the new movie, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."
In this movie, Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) is a powerful sorcerer, an apprentice of the greatest sorcerer of all time, Merlin. Upon Merlin's death, he is charged with finding the Prime Merlinian. The Prime Merlinian is the person who will inherit Merlin's powers. This person will help Balthazar stop an evil sorceress who is intent upon taking over the world and destroying humanity.
There are several problems along the way. One is that the Prime Merlinian is Dave, a physics student who just wants a normal life. The second is Horvath, an evil sorcerer who wants to destroy Balthazar and help the evil sorceress in taking over the world. The movie culminates in an epic battle between good and evil, with a little bit of physics thrown in to make things interesting.
The film is nicely acted with incredible computer graphics and effects. The plot is a mix of action, drama, and comedy with a fair bit of romance thrown in. It is predictable. From the beginning credits, the audience can probably guess how the epic battle and the movie will end.
There are mythical creatures and fantasy violence that small children may find frightening, but if you are looking for an uncomplicated summer movie that will entertain the whole family, this is it. I give "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" three out of four Miners.