This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!
“This is the Merlin Circle. It focuses your energy, helps you master new spells. It is where you will learn the Art. Step inside, you leave everything else behind. Once you enter, there is no going back.” – Balthazar
“So I should probably pee first?” – Dave
Number of Times Seen – Twice (18 Nov 2010 and 8 Jun 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A sorcerer must find a way to train Merlin’s inept descendant in the art of magic in order to defeat the evil sorceress Morgana La Fee.
Bottom Line – Really mediocre attempt to make this classic musical piece and Fantasia (1940) segment work as a live action movie. Even with Nicholas Cage Jay Buruchel and Alfred Molina, the story never manages to take hold and things feel too disjointed and disconnected the whole way through The special effects are fun to watch especially when they find ways to use magic in modern situations. The story drags on a bit too much and even at slightly less than 2 hours, this film feels far too long.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Dave is trying to pick up the Grimhold near the end of this film, the scene is reminiscent of the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indy tries to gauge how to much the gold statue weighs. In this film, Dave rubs his chin thoughtfully (just as Indy does). When Dave picks up the Grimhold, he immediately looks up to see if the ceiling will collapse (as it does in Raiders of the Lost Ark). The iconic scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark stars Alfred Molina, who plays Horvath in this film. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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