‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ finally comes to Disney+

Add a little magic to your holiday break with this underrated throwback

Morgan Schmitt, staff writer

Where did people come up with magic? Was it just the way they perceived science in the day? In “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” magic and science are not mutually exclusive.
They are actually one in the same.
This movie is a fast-paced and riveting adventure that is a hidden gem of Disney’s from 2010.
The story starts with the famous wizard Merlin dying and leaving his colleague Balthazar in charge of finding the hero of modern day.
Morgana Le Fay tries fruitlessly to stop Merlin, but can only succeed in sending her lackey, Horvath, after Balthazar.
The two fight through the ages in endless battles.
Eventually Balthazar finds the next wizard hero, and his name is David Stutler. He is a nervous kid with dreams far bigger than reality.
He stumbles upon Balthazar’s shop and is blown away by the world of magic.
As a college student 10 years later, he buries himself in the world of science, convinced that he escaped the insanity of magic.
Balthazar finds David yet again and informs him that magic and science are linked.
A wizard cannot simply summon fire; he must first visualize the atoms and will them to vibrate, resulting in combustion.
This logic can be applied to all spells and magical weapons.
The world would be lost without science, and that includes the magical defenses that Merlin has put into place.
He begs David to train with him in the way of magic to defeat Morgana once and for all.
The journey of David and Balthazar is a humorous yet thrilling tale, one that deserves more credit than what it was given on Rotten Tomatoes.
This movie is not the only one to bridge the gap between science and the other worldly arts.
Marvel has confirmed that its universe’s magic has a side of science to it and vice versa.
The concept is more popular today than when “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” made it to the big screen. The movie truly was ahead of it is time.
The thought of attaching something imaginary like magic to something tangible like science only adds to the immersion of a movie. It may have been a little early on the concept, but it certainly aged well.
The movie will leave you with a fuzzy feeling at the end and a sense of wonderment about the world around you.
Can that gargoyle move with some change in its atomic structure? What about that mirror? Is someone stuck inside? These are all questions that you will find yourself asking long after the movie is over.
Disney has been adding more and more titles to its streaming repertoire, the latest additions being the second season of “The Mandalorian” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
“The “Mandalorian” is a great show and generates its own publicity, but the other release should not be overlooked. Take a break from reality and leap into a world with more possibility and adventure.
King Arthur’s most trusted adviser Merlin left a world full of magic and science.
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is now on Disney+, and it is definitely worth the watch.