Do you ever get an itch? You know, a little niggling that turns in to a giant SLAM if you try to ignore it? Today I had the urge to go see a movie. Just a movie. Nothing in particular. It wouldn't go away so I hopped on moviefone.com (my go-to source for movies) and what pops up but a trailer that says 'click here for sound'. So I clicked. HEY, I usually don't click just because something tells me to. Believe me.
It was the trailer for The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Opening today. Doo doo Doo doo.
Now, I haven't been paying any attention, but this screamed at me to go see it. So I did.
And, OMIGOD, I LOVED it. First off, Nicolas Cage, as Balthazar, is a scruffy hunk in a '350-year-old black leather trench coat'. I'm still a Cage fan and, in my humble opinion, he was perfect as Balthazar.
Jay Baruchel, the voice of Hiccup in "How to Train Your Dragon", was adorably geeky and funny and clumsy and endearing as Dave, the Prime Merlinean (aka, our hero).
Alfred Molina plays a wicked, yet debonair Horvath, the good guy turned bad, out to unleash sorceress Morgana on an unsuspecting world. I thought Toby Kebbell stole his thunder as the hilariously divine 'assistant', Drake Stone, a celebrity magician who has been waiting around for centuries to resume his studies with Horvath, but has been spoiled by his celebrity status.
OH, and let's not forget Teresa Palmer, Dave's crush, who plays a delicious role in helping Dave step in to the very big (old mans!) shoes he's been handed.
Contrary to the popular critics' views, everything about this movie was fun to me. I laughed out loud, got misty-eyed and cheered for the good guys. No, it wasn't perfect. There were a few things that reminded me of other books or movies. But so what. I had a blast.
And, yes, I came out of the theater with a big, silly grin on my face, believing in magic of the best kind. And that, no matter what, us good guys are gonna win.
The previews were awesome today, too: One for a new Secretariet (based on the real thing) movie with Diane Lane and John Malkovich that looks smashing; the big screen trailer for the new Harry Potters (yippee, the countdown's on!), Part I releases November 2010, Part II in July 2011; a trailer for Tangled, an animated movie about Rapunsel that made me laugh out loud; and, hmm, oh, one forgettable one about the Smurf's that had the children in the theater buzzing.
Check out the trailer for Tangled, in theaters on November 24, 2010:
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