Last night I was able to go to a screening for the new movie "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Nicholas Cage and Jay Baruchel. First I just want to say that I love magic but I love science more, just because its what makes sense to me. The guy flying across the room delivering fireballs to his enemy isn't exactly a realistic movie in my eyes, and my favorite kind of movie are reality dramas. I didn't know what I was in for with this movie but I was excited to see this film truly explain how the magic the characters were using works.
Dave (Jay Baruchel) is a physics nerd how is learning how to use frequencies to change the direction of lightening bolts he's created using Tesla coils (tesla coils are these coils that were made by a man named Nicola Tesla who was an inventer, engineer and brilliant man who worked with Thomas Edison for a time). The special effects suprisingly didn't outdo the quality of the movie, but complimented its magical tone.
From the humble city college life of Dave (played by Jay Baruchel), Balthazar (Nicholas Cage) finds the one he's been looking for since his master and teacher Merlin was killed by the evil Morgana. We watch Dave try to win the heart of the girl he's loved since he was 8, learn to use his physics lessons from Columbia to kill off evil thousand year old bad guys and make life long friends, all the while never leaving NYC. Dave and Balthazar fly on a stone bird over the city (its easy you just have to increase the kinetic energy of the bird and make it move!) as well as fight a giant dragon in the middle of Chinatown during a New Year celebration. I was pretty excited when they accidently jump into an acupuncture shop (I was love when acupuncture is portrayed in films!) You'll have to watch to see what happens there though!
a- calm and clear your mind (I'm thinking okay, I can do this, its just like meditation).
b - focus your energy (alright, maybe, sure why not) and
c- concentrate your energy to the extent so that you direct your energy to increase the kinetic energy (energy that moves) of another object from its potential energy (stationary energy) to such a fast paced movement that the object can be lifted, turned, become invisible, or maybe even burst into a thousand different grains of sand. Sounds easy right!? Well the director Jon Turtletaub certainly made it seem easy. So much so that by the middle of the movie, I was convinced we could all do magic:)
(don't worry by the end I circled back to earth again).
Definetly worth seeing, parent and child friendly (no curse words or sex scenes).