Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

After the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, somebody thought that it would be a good idea to take the popular Mickey Mouse short, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" from Fantasia, and turn that into a full-length movie. Like Pirates, this movie had little to do with the thing it was based off of, minus a short tribute scene.
While the film had lots of potential and some pretty cool magic tricks, overall, the film came short in a lot of different aspects. The film felt very rushed (in the same way Eragon was rushed) in the sense that it felt like the filmmakers were trying to get through each scene as quickly as possible. This left little room for character, emotional, and situational development. Each scene would start to develop and then it would jump to the next scene.
The movie also came packed full of loopholes and "unnecessarys". That means that there were a lot of things and characters that had no logic or purpose in the movie. And they'd introduce something that would seem important, but it ended up having no real purpose in the film. That, and the movie was predictable.
Aside from those things, the special effects were nice, the music was well chosen ("The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World and "Secrets" by OneRepublic), and there were some pretty cool visuals.

*Spoiler Alert*
The thing I liked most in this film was the use of electricity to create music. My favorite scene was near the end when Dave was fighting Morgana and he used the lamp electricity against her; if you listen you can hear how the electricity generates the film's musical score during the scene. Subtle, but I thought it was a really nice filmmaking technique to employ. Very classy.
*End Spoiler Alert*

It had its comic moments and was overall fun, but don't expect very much.

P.S. - The image used in this post is copyrighted by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

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