Movie Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Branching From the Book-Bases)

Posted May 31, 2015 by Sophia

the sorcerer's apprentice movie review

I really only watched The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for the purpose of a chemistry project (settled for Divergent in the end though).

The first fifteen minutes of the movie consists of the past with Merlin and whatnot (I didn’t pay too much attention). Centuries later, a young David comes across Balthazar (one of Merlin’s apprentices) in an antique shop and witnesses something absolutely unbelievable. Then, ten years later, David is a college student studying physics.

I didn’t really like David. It seems as though he’s being portrayed as a really shy person, but David is so shy, it’s awkward. It’s extremely awkward, and David sticks out like a sore thumb from very early on in the movie. Even the little random things that could have been funny ends up sounding awkward as well.

David also seems to be some sort of “damsel in distress” of sorts. Really, I’m not even sure what you call a male version of a damsel in distress. I swear every time David gets attacked, Balthazar swoops in and saves the day – I started to wonder when the roles would be switched and David would be saving Balthazar instead. In the not-existing sequel?

Balthazar, on the other hand, seemed pretty emotionless. He’s obviously serious and doesn’t beat around the bush, but other than that, he’s all, “Let’s go full on training so we can take out the bad guys! Oh, and by the way, the world’s going to end if you don’t do that, so this is your numero uno priority.”

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice really just felt like something I would give to a younger audience to watch – definitely not a teenager who decided to watch a movie for fun (and probably wanted something like The Avengers). It has everything you would find in a typical Disney movie – chasing cars, really cute romance, dancing mops. It’s just not animated.

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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