I've only been back in L.A. for a day, so hopefully everyone will excuse me mixing up the movie schedule one more time. Instead of catching Breakfast at Tiffany's right now at the Aero theater by my house, I'm at the office typing up a mid-morning screening of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Trust me, those extra few hours between getting done at 9pm as opposed to midnight have a humongously beneficial impact on my mental stability.
Of course, sitting through Nic Cage's curious take on a Disney cartoon sequence a few days earlier than expected could be argued otherwise. There are a lot of elements that look out of place in this expanded tale, not the least of which is the famous dancing mops scene lifted from Fantasia. It's cute and all in live-action, but what it has to do with this tale of battling sorcerers and a modern day physics geek...I'm not entirely sure...
As a rule of thumb, animated sequences and amusement park rides are better left to amuse in their original format. Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow notwithstanding, it's best to come up with, you know, an original idea (thankfully, Inception also opens this week). Nic Cage and collaborators Jon Turteltaub and Jerry Bruckheimer do their best to fill out the short animation with a full-length special effects extravaganza, but honestly - you've seen this before. Jay Baruchel of Tropic Thunder and She's Out of My League infamy does his usual schlubby college kid bit, while Cage plays the sorcerer role to the hilt, straight up, in a stringy blond wig that David Lee Roth could be proud of. Actually, if Cage had infused the part with a little more of his trademark kookiness, that might have added something.
I'll give the film a few points for providing some chuckles here and there, and lots of action and people throwing pulses of energy at each other for the 14-year-old fanboy set. Plus, there were no CGI-wolves which is always a bonus. After this movie, though, and this summer's earlier Prince of Persia, someone should remind producer Bruckheimer that there really is no need to pack on extraneous exposition to movies based on rides, cartoons or video games. His own Beverly Hills Cop clocked in at a light and funny 90 minutes, and is still light years beyond either of these pics for summer moviegoing entertainment value.
Question to users: you're trapped on a island and can only take along one Jerry Bruckheimer movie. Which do you grab? I vote for Cop, but if someone already has that DVD, then I'm taking Top Gun...or maybe National Treasure. And I stay as far as humanly possible away from Armageddon and the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
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I thought Sorcerer's did not do what it set out to do.It was kind of lazy actually,and timing was off on most of the "jokes" BUT, it did do well as a family friendly,kid oriented summer choice. Usually am enthralled with the work of most of the talent involved here,so I am not discouraged.
Again, it's each person with his/her own opinion.
None more correct or perfectly accurate than the other, just a different perspective. We enjoyed all the movies that AfterShock84 mentioned above, so I suppose it's all a matter of perception. We got see films for entertainment and escape, and Prince of Persia, The Last Airbender and Sorcerer's Apprentice did both. Granted, Airbender was not as good as the other two and had a great deal of criticism pertaining to storyline and accuracy, but for those of us who don't follow the animated Avatar from which it is supposedly based, we really did not notice or care - we took it for what is was presented as...its own branched-off interpretation.
Totally disagree with this reviewer. It was a fresh movie, great family fun. Hilarious in parts and full of action and great specual effects...never listen to these people. See it for yourself, This, again, is just another example of a reviewer/critic not really having a good take on the material...and I think the mop scene fit VERY well in this. It was supposed to highlight the fact that the apprentice did not have seriousness toward the gravity of his situation...maybe learning a little more about the material before seeing the film might make you a better candidate for reviewing this film, Chuck Walton
What material is there to learn for this movie? The film was Cage's idea and it was inspired by the Mickey Mouse segment from Fantasia. Everything else was made up as they went along, wasn't it? As far as movies invoking magic go this year I found it to be better then The Last Airbender and Prince of Persia, but that is not saying much. This movie's target audience is clearly 12 and under and you can tell that everyone involved (from the director & writers to Cage himself) knows it. The kiddies will enjoy this movie, but there is no need for anyone to really see it.
What about Pearl Harbor. That is a close second to Armageddon for WORST MOVIE EVER!!! I think I will go with Remember the Titans if I have to pick one, but Cop and Top Gun are great choices.
Heh Chuck .. whre did you find 'Raiders' still playing in a theater ???
I'd take Top Gun first probably, and then Con Air/The Rock (I think they are the same movie, aren't they?)
No they are different.In The Rock renegades take over Alcatraz and have chemical weapons. Cage is some kind of agent trying to save the day. Con Air is the prison escape.
I'd take BLACK HAWK DOWN...and for sheer cheesiness, FLASHDANCE and COYOTE UGLY...
How many Bruckheimer/Cage collaborations does this make now? Five or Six? If Beverly Hills Cop is already taken, along with Top Gun & The Rock, my pick for the desert island is Beverly Hills Cop 2.
I agree with your first two Bruckheimer choices of Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun. My next couple of choices would be The Rock (Sean Connery is, well, Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage is hilarious in this flick, plus add Ed Harris, David Morse, William Forsythe, and Michael Biehn) and for dramatic purposes Blackhawk Down.
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