The Sorcerer’s Apprentice pulls a feature length film out of its hat. I wouldn’t exactly call it part of the Disney live-action remake craze, but The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is directly from Fantasia. Which in turn was based on a poem/ballad. Although the story is just a sorcerer having his young apprentice clean up until it gets out of hand, Disney somehow built a story around it. So they recruited the team from National Treasure and granted Nicolas Cage’s request to be magical. He doesn’t quite go full Cage though.
Instead of Yin Sid, Balthazar Blake is a sorcerer trained by Merlin himself. Along with his beloved Veronica and betrayer Horvath. He sides with legendary Merlin rival Morgana Le Fey and yada yada magical stuff. The important thing to know is that instead of a creepy live-action Mickey Mouse, modern New York kid Dave is the chosen one. It’s how to train your sorcerer when Balthazar teaches Dave to harness his magical power through a ring. Dave is just your average awkward Jay Berascheal type with a strangely specific interest in tesla coils. He’s more interested in his childhood crush Becky than fighting evil, but when he does, it’s a fine magical romp.
Alfred Molina is your typical mustache twirling villain with a magician as an assistant. The spells cast between enemies are imaginative enough. Just not enough to capture my interest when it first came out. It’s not much different than other magical teen movies. The most fun sequence is definitely the shoehorned recreation of the enchanted brooms flooding a room. They’re just mostly mops. The iconic starry hat appears too, but only in an after-credit scene. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice casts a perfectly serviceable spell.