So, folks... what do we make of this trailer for Disney/Bruckheimer's new fantasy-actioner "The Sorceror's Apprentice," another of the growingly-common subset of genre films attaching a 'name title' to what appears to be an original story in order to look more like a franchise blockbuster?
The basic idea seems to be a bare-outline "Harry Potter" reworked from a classical British "special boy" structure to an American one - i.e. instead of admittance to a prestigious elite academy being the seemingly-ordinary "Chosen One's" passage to skill-honing and higher destiny (the Dickensian/British model) he'll be schooled in badass-lonerhood by an older badass-loner, "Karate Kid"/"Rocky"-style. All told, doesn't look half-bad - gotta love the dragon and the animated Empire State eagle. Though, yes, the presence of Nicolas Cage means at least a 50/50 chance of otherworldly brilliance or out-of-place awkwardness.