No matter how popular a genre is, there always comes a point in which someone takes it too far. Take zombies – a romance between the living and the undead would definitely be that thing to push the genre over the edge. Yet surprisingly, the relationship works well. [Read more...]
I Am Number Four is a tough film to review as it starts off as a bit of a mess, in that it really doesn’t know what it wants to be, and then gets really fraking awesome for the last fifteen or twenty minutes or so.
The film follows Four, a Lorien alien who was sent away from his planet to Earth as it was wiped out by a competing group on the planet, the Mogadorians. The Mogadorians are hunting down Four now on Earth, who is next in line of the nine Lorien children who are hiding on the planet. Killing the nine Lorien in order, the first three have fallen to the Mogadorians, and Four and his protector, Henri, are on the run after Four feels the loss of Three. Henri settles on Paradise, Ohio, and Four heads to high school while they hope that the Mogadorians can’t track them down. As you might assume, a cute girl catches Four’s eye and things become further complicated as he becomes connected to her and the town.
When I originally heard that Disney was planning on making a feature length film based on the segment from the 1940s film Fantasia I was a little skeptical. Well, actually I was flooded with images of dancing hippos and potty training (don’t ask), but that’s neither here nor there. Like I was saying, I was skeptical; not Pirates of the Caribbean skeptical, but you get my point. And just like back in 2003 I am more than pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Thinking past a mouse finding a roundabout way to do his chores, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice introduces a backstory spanning way back to the final days of the sorcerer Merlin as he fights to stop Morgana in the battle between good and evil. When the final spell has been cast Merlin lies dead, Morgana is entombed in a magical nesting doll, and Merlin’s apprentice Balthazar must now begin the long journey to find Merlin’s successor, the Prime Merlinian (feel free to take all the time you need to laugh that one off). After a long, long time of searching Balthazar finally comes across a young boy named Dave who just might be who he has been looking for all this time, and the best chance the forces of good have against stopping Morgana from ever being a threat again. [Read more...]
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a fun and thoroughly enjoyable fantasy film that is fast paced and features some great performances by its leads; if only they could have gone a bit grander in the fights and action set pieces.
The film opens with a little back story as we encounter Merlin fighting with Morgana who is trying to steal a powerful spell from him and the ensuing fight leads to Merlin’s death and sets his apprentice, Balthazar, on a quest to find the Prime Merlinian, the fabled sorcerer’s successor. Enter Dave, who comes across Balthazar many hundreds of years into his quest and he is revealed to be a potential successor to Merlin. A bit of a hiccup delays any training and Dave grows up unknowing of his lineage until Balthazar reappears ten years after their first encounter and the set off to stop a growing threat of the possibility of the resurgence of Morgana.