Here’s a new trailer for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; I don’t have any particularly deep thoughts on it, but I can’t tell if the movie is awkwardly serious or humorously self-aware of its own goofiness. There’s a lot that could go either way, depending on whether the movie’s earnestly trying to be funny or not. Look, any film where Nic Cage not only fires a “plasma bolt” from his hands, but actually calls it a “plasma bolt” out loud… that film is really fucking goofy. All I’m saying. (Via /Film)
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