Friday, October 08, 2010

Must Watch Friday: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Kate Hardy shares one of her favourite films of the summer: it has a double love story, and you can’t get much better than that!

This summer, we were really spoiled for choice with films. (To the point of, um, going to the cinema twice a week during the school holidays.) And one of my favourites was The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

OK, so it’s a Disney film, and it's meant to be a kid’s story rather than a romance. But there are two romances in it, and they both really appealed to me.

The first is Dave, who's been chosen as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice (and this part of the film, in the antique shop, is utterly fantastic). He falls in love with Becky in school, and it goes badly wrong. But then he meets her again at college, ten years later (just when he’s about to become the apprentice for real)… and this time he gets her to agree to a date.

Dave (played by Jay Baruchel), isn’t your normal romantic hero. He’s not tall, dark and handsome. He’s a geek. He’s not very articulate. (Mind you – that could also be said for a lot of romcom heroes – think of Hugh Grant in ‘Four Weddings’.) But I have a soft spot for really clever heroes, so I had a bit of a soft spot for Dave. And, just as in any good romance novel, they have to face their fears before they get their happy ending. He gives in rather quickly to the baddie (portrayed beautifully by Alfred Molina) in order to save his girl – but then comes up with a plan to beat the baddie. She faces one of her fears to help him – and that in turn makes him face up to himself, believe in himself, and… (Well, you’ll have to watch the film to find out what happens!)

Then we have Balthazar (Nicolas Cage - looking particularly gorgeous with long hair, as I said last month), who’s several hundred years old and is a master sorcerer but needs an apprentice to help him save the city from his arch-enemy. Balthazar also has a love story, with Veronica (Monica Bellucci) – who sacrificed herself to save him, and by saving the city he believes he can save her.

I’m trying not to give away any spoilers (because the film really is fun - Molina's 'apprentice' is hilarious, and the SFX are very enjoyable), but we also have a classic love triangle, as well as the theme of waiting for The One for (well, in Dave’s case, ten years, and in Balthazar’s case we’re talking centuries). The ending is definitely heart-warming, and I guarantee it will make you smile.

Oh, and the bit that you’re expecting to see – a real-life version of the bit from Fantasia? It’s a nice touch, and actually feels part of the film rather than being forced in.

Definitely eight out of ten in the warm and fuzzy stakes.

In the UK, you can still get the first of Kate’s Modern Heat French duo, Red Wine and Her Sexy Ex (out in December in the US and Australia) from Mills & Boon’s website, and on shelves this month is the follow-up, Champagne with a Celebrity (and Kate is thrilled to have the first Modern Heat new-style cover). You can find out more about these books, and Kate, on her website ( and her blog (


  1. Terrific post, Kate - must see TSA. And what a cover for your 'Red wine...'!
    (Apologies -must post fast before link drops out)

  2. I just went and saw this one. I really enjoyed it too. I loved the Fantasia re-enactment.