The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel
Direction: Jon Turteltaub
A live-action reworking of the Mickey Mouse segment from the 1940 cartoon musical, Fantasia, this fantasy reunites Nicolas Cage with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
This time around, Cage portrays an eccentric Manhattan-based sorcerer, accompanied by a nerdy apprentice (newcomer Baruchel, bland). The duo grapples with the forces of evil led by an arch-nemesis (Alfred Molina).
Throughout, the pacing is lethargic. In supporting roles, Monica Bellucci and Alice Krige are sheer eye marzipan.
Despite snazzy production and special effects flashmatazz, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is an exercise in futility.