In yet another film attempting to
capitalize on the contemporary fantasy genre revitalized by J.K. Rowling's
"Harry Potter" books, a young boy -- and, after a brief adventure, a young
man ten years later -- finds himself plucked out of his normal, mundane life
and facing all sorts of supernatural menaces.
Jackson, the film is not adapted from a young adult story, and therefore
the pacing is more in keeping with a film than a children's novel. Nicolas
Cage, who has a tendency to annoy, works well as Balthazar, the sorcerer;
his typical over-the-job performance works well here, but manages to be
sufficiently restrained. In contrast, Jay Baruchel's hapless nerdiness that
worked well in She's Out of My League comes off as
a bit nasal and grating. It's a fun adventure for teens but lacks some of
the crossover appeal that "Harry Potter" has for adults.
My Grade: B+