You know, this trailer for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice doesn’t look terrible. It even looks like it might be somewhat entertaining.
Of course, that’s also what I said after I saw the trailer for National Treasure, also directed by John Turtletaub. That movie ended up having some neat-o set pieces, some entertaining action sequences, and Sean Bean, but can best be described overall as “inoffensive.” Which is hardly a ringing endorsement. That’s like the time I was described as “not ugly.”
Anyway, here’s the trailer. Sure, it’s got Jay Baruchel in it, who I truly do hope is destined for great things. And Alfred Molina plays the evil wizard, and Alfred Molina fucking rocks. And Monica Bellucci, who I think is bacon fried on the surface of the sun, although she was in The Matrix Reloaded, so we know she isn’t always making good decisions. So, you know, there’s that.
But the star is of course Nicolas Cage, who plays said sorcerer, and while he doesn’t appear to be completely hamming it up, it’s just a trailer. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like the movie to be great — shit, it’s got dragons and sports cars and giant metal birds and some cute blonde girl and fireballs and shit. What’s not to love?
Anyhoodles, take a look: