MAGIC AND OLD MAN SHOES

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

Caught The Sorcerer’s Apprentice a while ago; it bears some resemblance to Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief because they both involve magic/mythology in the modern world.

In this case, the sorcerer’s apprentice is Dave, who is the Prime Merlinian (Merlin’s successor) that Merlin’s immortal apprentice, Balthazar, has been searching since Merlin’s death. The Prime Merlinian is the only wizard that can defeat Morgana, whom Balthazar has trapped into a Grimhold (nesting doll prison) before she could wreak havoc. Dave, a physics student, is reluctant to help but does so when he realizes he wants to learn magic. Through a series of clumsy and unfortunate events, the evil witches and wizards trapped in layers of the Grimhold are released and Balthazar and Dave have to join forces to save the day.

There is some resemblance to the original Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Mickey Mouse, particularly the scene where Dave uses magic to assist in household chores. Not a good idea, in cartoon or otherwise. Morgana’s successor is oddly interesting because he prefers to use his powers for profit and dresses like some Criss Angel wannabe. Best of all, he even manages to spoof a line from the Star Wars franchise, “These are not the droids you’re looking for”. Towards the end, you know that Dave will rise to the occasion and fulfill his destiny as the Prime Merlinian but the process is fun to watch because he behaves kinda awkwardly. And, please STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS!

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