In The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Balthazar Blake, master sorcerer and apprentice of Merlin, must find and train Merlin's descendant to destroy Morgana le Fey, the darkest sorceress of all time.
And in Astro Boy, a scientist secretly creates a powerful robot child to replace his dead son (charming!). However, the robot uses its incredible powers to become a world famous super-hero, and faces his biggest challenge when an alien race threatens Earth.
Toe tapping? More like Toe curdling
The animation work is beautiful to behold, the all-star cast do a stellar job in providing the voice work and the ending manages to actually be good and surprisingly, not that predictable. Sadly though, none of this can make up for a preachy and uneven script, characters that are dull to watch and the film just overall placing too much of an emphasis on music, making this feel pretty much like a Penguin version of Glee. An overrated film.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Lacking in magic
Despite being confined to wear a bad wig throughout the films run time, Nicolas Cage manages to give a good performance while Alfred Molina hams it up and Jay Baruchel goes great lengths to annoy with the kind of awkward acting that would give Michael Cera an (awkward) run for his money. Ultimately, the film is nothing overly terrible, but its effects heavy plot, overly predictable script and cliched characters makes this far from good.
Should be blasted into the stratosphere
The crisp animation is lovely to behold, but sadly, that's the only good point I can find for this film.
The characters are undeniably poor, from the moustache-twirling villain to the money grubbing Hamegg. The worst is definitely Cora, who is no more than an unlikable love interest with a hard exterior, a face that's consistently scowly and a "secret". The potential for many stories and arcs is vast, and all of them are wasted on a humorless comedic attempt that's utterly predictable and carries an uneven tone.