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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Wolfling and I went to see The Sorcerer's Apprentice last night. I went in with low expectations and enjoyed myself quite a bit. Wolfling started whispering "I love this movie!" only a few minutes into it.

I always like Nicolas Cage, and enjoyed his performance here. I thought it was funny that the young man playing Dave the apprentice, although he didn't look anything like Cage, sounded a lot like him.

The whole movie was fun, but my personal favorite part was when Cage was first showing Dave the magician's training circle. He stands in the middle of a big room and as he speaks about magic a stream of fire starts shaping sigils on the ground and then forming a circle. Even though he's seriously scruffy it was the sexiest thing I've seen in a long time.

I also had to chuckle because of the similarity to the beginning of the training sequence in The Mask of Zorro: the same older champion telling the younger man how this circle is about to become his life.

Also delightful was the moment when the Alfred Molina's villainous Horvath uses magic to persuade a hapless university official to give him the information he wants. His own apprentice says the line everyone else in the theater had to be thinking.

It was all high fantasy magic of course, but I came out of the movie wanting to run home and work on my own magical practice. I won't be summoning dragons into city streets or throwing plasma bolts around, but I can connect with powerful forces that a lot of people simply don't believe exist, and learn and grow from the process.

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watcher457
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
The sexiest thing I've seen in a while is Mickey Rourke's top burning off as he stepped onto the roadway as Whiplash in Iron Man 2. If Cage wielding magic is that sexy, then I might have to go watch this movie tomorrow.
blessed_harlot
Aug. 9th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
I second the sexy vote for that Rourke moment.
qos
Aug. 9th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
I'm not sure anyone else would consider him sexy in that moment, but the mix of words and images definitely did it for me.
stiobhanrune
Aug. 9th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
*smiling*

You know, that movie has gone a long way in redeeming Nicholas Cage in my eyes, considering the horrendous flop Ghost Rider was.

Did you know Sorcerer's Apprentice was Nick Cage's personal baby? It's his project- he came up with the entire idea.


Anyway, more to my point- I consider those kinds of movies to be the most perfect form of glamourbombing. They get people interested in believing in magic, not just that it exists, but that they themselves can experience it. That's the real tragedy these days- people KNOW magic is out there, and they hide from it.

For my husband's birthday, we went out and saw the movie with a large group of friends, most of whom were my initiates or students.

It was really fun hearing all of them quote my lessons while watching a Disney movie on magic. "Oh, look! It's an evocation! Wow, it even follows the Rules of Arte!" "Ooh, that's definitely the Ordeal!"

Mama so PROUD! *clutches my pearls*
qos
Aug. 9th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
That's wonderful!
morgwensraven
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
I knew I wanted to see this movie... now I want to see it even more. I loved the way he produced the dresden files, with a few exceptions they were very good... too bad it didn't last.

but definitely will be seeing this very soon
ladistrange
Aug. 9th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
We saw the movie as a family, and we all really -surprisingly- enjoyed it. I have to admit I've only recently started to get past a dislike of Cage, but I think it's because he's stopped taking himself so seriously LOL!

I think - allowing of course for the fact that it's Disney movie magic - the flick was 'respectful' of the concept on magic, and well, Molina as a villiam is almost always worth the $8 matinee ticket!

And yeah...we were ALL saying 'that line' just before the lackey did too !
rin_x_x
Aug. 10th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
I wonder if I went in with too high of expectations?

Honestly I felt like it just.. went no where. The whole backstory of the entire movie is explained within the first five minutes, and that bothered me a lot, because it felt like there was no -real- development and intrigue as to why Cage's character needed to find Merlin's successor. It was all like "this happened, and he needs to find THIS GUY!" and then he found.. THIS GUY. And then it was all just kind of laid out and no real plot development happened, other than with the lead character's love interest.

I guess I also have a hard time connecting with high/fantasy magic? :S I'm more of a low-magic kinda gal.
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