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. Â Only in this case, it’s three orphan girls who win the heart of the despicable villain Gru. Â But he’s not even a good villain to begin with. Â In fact, his mother is creepier than he is. Â (Although Steve Carrell’s accent was good.) Â The movie held no surprises for me, since the storyline was quite predictable. Â However, one moment I particularly enjoyed is when the girls convince Gru to read them a bedtime story. Â 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. Â 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. Â Despite its predictable story, I also enjoyed this movie, mostly because of Jay Baruchel as the apprentice and Nicolas Cage as the sorcerer. Â 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.