Double The Fun?

I’ve watched both Despicable Me and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. I was pleasantly surprised by both of them, since they were more amusing than I thought they’d be.

Despicable Me is basically an animated version of Little Orphan Annie.  Only in this case, it’s three orphan girls who win the heart of the despicable villain Gru.  But he’s not even a good villain to begin with.  In fact, his mother is creepier than he is.  (Although Steve Carrell’s accent was good.)  The movie held no surprises for me, since the storyline was quite predictable.  However, one moment I particularly enjoyed is when the girls convince Gru to read them a bedtime story.  The whole time he’s reading the book, he’s commenting on how bad it is, which is what I think of a lot of children’s books–ridiculously cheesy and cutesy.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice also takes on and steals from other stories, starting with Arthurian legend and Merlin.  From there it goes on to use the ideas of a hero who doesn’t know he’s a hero, the master who must train the hero, etc.  Despite its predictable story, I also enjoyed this movie, mostly because of Jay Baruchel as the apprentice and Nicolas Cage as the sorcerer.  Baruchel is able to make the part funny, half the time because he’s screaming at something scary, while Cage uses his talent for deadpan as a foil for Baruchel.