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Sorcerer Balthazar Blake has been waiting for the day when he would discover the inheritor of master sorcerer Merlin’s power but, when the day arrives, the terrified ten-year-old Dave inadvertently releases Balthazar’s greatest enemy, Horvath, and imprisons both him and Balthazar in an urn for ten years. Ten years and a lot of therapy later, the two sorcerer’s are about to re-emerge.
While certainly more imaginative and entertaining than expected, this boisterous fantasy action adventure doesn’t have much magic of its own. Still, what’s there is good. The special effects are surprisingly good, Cage is good and the story is fine. Director Jon Turteltaub also moves things along rather faster than he usually does, so this in no way outstays its welcome. The overdone non-sensical nod to the animated short from Fantasia is probably the weakest scene in the film, Jay Baruchel sounds like he’s putting on an irritating accent on purpose (sadly, it’s his voice) and I wish somebody would stop in one of these movies and explain how “the end of the world” benefits the bad guy. However, this is a movie I enjoyed and, not only that, I enjoyed more than I anticipated. You can’t say that about most movies.
This movie contains strong fantasy violence.
Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.