While Horvath (Alfred Molina) and Drake (Toby Kebbell) plot to restore Morgana Le Fay (Alice Krige) to power, master sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) makes physics student Dave Stutle (Jay Baruchel) his apprentice, teaching him enough magic to save the world from sure ruin. Also featuring Monica Bellucci and Teresa Palmer, this whimsical fantasy is a live-action update of the beloved animated short from the 1940s, “Fantasia.” (Netflix)
So, wasn’t expecting much from this one…and it was actually quite enjoyable. The premise was a lot of fun, the special effects were really good, and overall it was a lot of fun. Nic Cage wasn’t as awful as normal, so that was good. Jay Baruchel was a lot of fun and did a great job in the role, although he will most likely never play anything other than that awkward guy. I’ve really liked everything Teresa Palmer has done recently, and this was no exception. The best part was the bit inspired by the original short from Fantasia. Talk about reliving my childhood. Overall, this isn’t going to change the world or anything, but if you are forced to babysit a cousin or something over the holidays, both of you will enjoy this one.