YMMV / Honest Trailers

  • Author Appeal:
    • The Scott Pilgrim vs. the World trailer spends some time explaining how Knives is clearly the superior Love Interest and a better character than Ramona.
    • All of the Hunger Games trailers have a moment in which the narrator declares his crush on Gale, to the point it can count as a Running Gag.
  • Broken Base: Who is the better Honest Trailer narrator? Gannon Nickell or Jon Bailey? Bailey received a lot of complaints about how he's not as good as his predecessor, but just as many viewers prefer his voice over Nickell's. Another layer was added when Nickell returned to co-voice with Bailey the trailer for The Force Awakens, and the ending of said trailer pointed out that there were two other one-shot Honest Trailer narrators besides them: Dough Medlock (Avatar), and Ptolemy Slocum (The Phantom Menace, the first ever Honest Trailer).
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • In X-Men Origins: Wolverine the narrator says that the audience will "spend time with some of the lamest mutants you've never heard of: Wraith, Agent Zero, Bolt, and... Silver Fox? Wow, Marvel, really scraping the bottom of the barrel, huh?" While that might be applicable to the rest, Silver Fox and Team X are integral to Wolverine's origin. They also questioned why Psylocke hasn't been used yet for the movies in the original trilogy — despite her being in X-Men: The Last Stand, albeit in a minor role as one of Magneto's minions. Gets particularly glaring after their X-Men: The Animated Series trailer praises the episode "Weapon X, Lies and Videotape" for being so much better than X-Men Origins. They apparently forgot that Agent Zero and Silver Fox were in that episode too.
    • When discussing Kingdom Hearts, they refer to Sora as ten, when he's actually fourteen in the original game. Also, Deep Jungle and Space Paranoids were only used once, despite what the trailer states.
    • The Honest Game Trailer for Super Smash Bros. said that Lucario was a clone, when such was disproven for years. More annoying given that both Lucario and the character he's a "clone" of (read: Mewtwo) are both playable in 4 and still have little, if anything, in common.
    • The Honest Game Trailer for Pokkén Tournament seemed to be under the impression that the game was developed by Game Freak and Nintendo when it is a Bandai Namco and The Pokemon Company production, which is shown by the game's case and intro. Game Freak and Nintendo are instead relegated only to a copyright credit.
    • Near the end of the Jurassic World trailer, they list a bunch of questions that supposedly weren't answered. While many of them might depend on interpretations of the characters or the writing or are more about personal opinions of some scenes, they list the fact that the Indominus Rex has the ability to camouflage itself even though it's meant for public display. The trailer also makes a big deal of the fact that frog and cuttlefish DNA was used to make the Indominus and thinks it's redundant. In the film, Henry Wu explicitly states that the DNA from frog and cuttlefish (the latter of which gave it its camouflage ability) were added specifically to make the I. Rex grow faster and to adapt it to the tropical climate of the park. Also, the film later suggests that InGen and Hoskins had him create a killer dinosaur on purpose, explaining both why the Indominus was designed the way it was and why he won't share the full specifics of what DNA it's built of. The trailer is also surprised that the park chose to develop more predator dinosaurs rather than safer herbivore ones and treats it like a logical flaw. However, in the film they explicitly say that predators tested better with audiences, so it makes sense that they would make more of them.
    • The Terminator Genisys trailers has the line, "In a world where the PG-13 RoboCop (2014) and Die Hard sequels taught us nothing…" However, the clips shown for Die Hard are from the R-rated A Good Day to Die Hard, instead of the PG-13 Live Free or Die Hard. Moreover, A Good Day received a critical thrashing, while Live Free has some fans who consider it to be a fun, entertaining action film regardless of the rating (except that McClane's catchphrase was needlessly censored).
    • The Ant-Man trailer credits Luis as "The only Latino in the MCU." Between the film's release and the Honest Trailer's release, a Latino character, Joey Gutierrez, debuted in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. And even then, while his in-universe race was never adressed, Jasper Sitwell, a minor recurring character in the MCU, was portrayed by a Latino actor.
    • A much smaller mistake, but the The Force Awakens trailer claims one of the similarities between VII and IV is deactivating a shield generator to destroy the Death Star. While this holds true for Return of the Jedi, in A New Hope the system disabled was a tractor beam in order to escape from the station. It also claims that both movies had characters learning about the Force from a tiny alien, though Yoda didn't appear until The Empire Strikes Back.
    • The Captain America: Civil War trailer calls the film and Batman v Superman "more alike than anyone wants to admit." In fact, quite a good percentage of the reviews that praised the film after not liking BvS fully acknowledged how similar the two films are on the surface, and they just thought Civil War did it better.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
  • Draco in Leather Pants: For the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, the narrator says that Khan is "completely justified in his actions" because he's trying to rescue his family. This overlooks the fact that he orchestrated a terrorist attack on a Starfleet facility and killed several of Starfleet's high command, and when Admiral Marcus claims that he was plotting to Kill All Humans out of Fantastic Racism as he thinks he and his cohorts are the Master Race, Khan doesn't confirm it, but he doesn't deny it either. He plans on killing everyone on the Enterprise after he's got what he wants as well, and later crashes his ship into Starfleet Headquarters (aka San Francisco) purely out of spite, probably killing hundreds of people. So yeah, he's actually kind of a dick.
  • Ear Worm: Perhaps its more of a testament to the original arrangements by the likes of Elton John, Tim Rice and Alan Menken, but even the Honest Trailers versions of the Disney songs are pretty damn catchy. It's not uncommon to see comments asking for full versions of the song parodies to be made and released.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With the CinemaSins crew. They often cover the same movies and even collaborated a number of times. They even decided to trade styles for a day when they both tackled The Amazing Spider-Man 2. To the point where Honest Trailers complained that people think that they're the same and ask them to do sins videos.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The trailer for Taken joked a little about how the film made Europe look dangerous and said the message it sent was "Don't go to Europe" while showing a skyline shot of Paris of all places. It was released on January 6, 2015. One day later, the Charlie Hebdo shooting occurred, and the following November, Paris was subject to its worst terror attacks since World War II, killing over 100 people and causing the French government to declare a national state of emergency.
  • Genius Bonus: In their Aladdin video during the "Starring" portion, they refer to Jafar as "Male-ficent". This makes sense, as the character of Jafar was actually inspired by Maleficent, right down to their similar appearences, motives and even their clothing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In The Stinger of The Dark Knight Rises trailer, the Narrator, who disliked the film, muses "I'm really worried about Man of Steel now." Man of Steel ended up becoming even more divisive than TDKR, and received worse reviews from critics.
    • In the Dragonball Evolution trailer "Starring" gag, Abridged!Vegeta refers to Ernie Hudson as "Nobody's Favorite Ghostbuster". In November 2014, Hudson wrote an essay in Entertainment Weekly detailing how he and his character was forced into this role from a rather major one due to Executive Meddling and the bitterness that haunts him to this very day.
    • The Game of Thrones trailer mentions memorable characters "who were still alive at the time this trailer was written." Right as he says it, the shot is of Barristan Selmy, who died in Season Five. Aww…
    • The ending of the Avatar trailer has the trailer guy saying, "Ugh, we get it, we'll recycle! Please, just make another Terminator already!" Another Terminator movie (albeit not directed by Cameron) was released, but as discussed in one of the Movie Fights episodes, and eventually in its own Honest Trailer, Terminator Genisys isn't actually that good either.
    • Among the many things derided in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies are the obvious presence of a stunt double performing in Christopher Lee's stead during the White Council fight, and the trailer concludes that everything was Jackson's fault and that he did the film for the money. Anyone who had been keeping up with Christopher Lee in the last few years could see that Lee's health was clearly in decline (Lee couldn't even fly to New Zealand to film at his age, and had to be accommodated in London to participate in the trilogy), preventing him from actually performing the fight scene himself, and the actor would pass away several months after the film's release; and in Jackson's case, there's the news that came out later of Warner Bros. Executive Meddling, the Troubled Production and that said things combined nearly led Jackson to have an on-set breakdown, which were confirmed by the cast and crew.
    • One of the complaints that gets lampooned in the teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is "Eh, they should have shown more." Be careful what you wish for…
    • Alan Rickman died just two weeks after the release of the unusually positive trailer for Die Hard, which praised him for being such an iconic villain in his first theatrical film role.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The week after Robin Williams' death, all the phrases people asked the Narrator to say during the Every Episode Ending were bits of dialogue from Robin's films (and one TV series). They did something similar after Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo's passing — one of the things the narrator said at the end of the Ghostbusters (1984) trailer was "It's Saturday Night Live!", as well as quoting Jurassic Park in memory of its star, Richard Attenborough, at the end of the Godzilla (2014) trailer. They have repeated this occasionally; after Leonard Nimoy died, every line at the end of the Mockingjay Part 1 trailer (the first to be made after he died) was a Spock quotation (i.e. "Live long and prosper"), Christopher Lee was also honored similarly at the end of the Toy Story trailer, and the Fantastic Four (2005) trailer honored Roddy Piper after his death by reading out two memorable lines by him.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Much like CinemaSins, some people miss the satire element, but the more caustic videos that don't really hide the writers' disdain for the movies (The Dark Knight Rises being the most prominent example) will get more of it due to people feeling they are going on a personal tangent rather than trying to create an entertaining video.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the Grand Theft Auto V trailer, Trevor is referred to as "Breaking Bad." Later on, Steven Ogg, Trevor's voice actor, appeared in an episode of Breaking Bad's Spin-Off, Better Call Saul.
    • Game of Thrones is described as "a show that has people on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next, while the people that have read the books act all smug 'cause they already know". Pretty funny seeing as the show is now diverging from the books, meaning those people aren't so smug anymore.
    • Their trailer for The Avengers described Captain America as "no one's favorite character, who just kinda has to be there," a sentiment that was repeated in their trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger. Then things … change. This was acknowledged when they did The Winter Soldier.
    • The narrator keeps proclaiming that there will be no more Five Nights at Freddy's reviews. He never gets his way, as a new game inevitably gets made, causing the fanbase to force him to review it anyway.
    • The "Starring" portion of The Wolf of Wall Street has Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) getting referred to as "Leonardo NoOscaro". DiCaprio would finally win an Oscar for his next movie, The Revenant.
    • In the Honest Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, Imperator Furiosa is credited as "Fast & Furiosa." Later on, Charlize Theron, Furiosa's actor, was cast in Fast 8.
    • In the first Game of Thrones Honest Trailer, the narrator gets mad with Joffrey Baratheon, saying Joffrey better die in Season 4. In the second episode of season 4, Joffrey is Killed Off for Real. In the second Game of Thrones trailer, he remembers this and invokes it again, saying that it worked last time, against Ramsey Bolton, saying Ramsay better die in Season 6. And then in the ninth episode of Season 6, Ramsay is Killed Off for Real.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • In the video for The LEGO Movie, they talked about how it was snubbed in favor of The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which they called a movie nobody saw (and erroneously named The Tale of the Tiny Hand Princess?). Studio Ghibli fans were not happy with that one.
    • The Honest Trailer for The Avengers ends saying, "If this doesn't make your inner eight-year-old self squee in delight, you're likely dead inside… or a girl." At least half of the comments in the video are of girls objecting that they loved it.
  • Older Than They Think: The Pearl Harbor Honest Trailer was not the first to refer to the movie as "Bore-a! Bore-a! Bore-a!" in reference to Tora! Tora! Tora!. A Washington Post review did that when the movie came out in 2001.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The other videos made by Screen Junkies tend to receive less attention and acclaim. This is lampshaded in their "Making of Honest Trailers" video.
    Hal Rudnick: So I know a lot of you guys are big fans of the Honest Trailers, so much so that you say you wish I'd die in a fire so there'd be no more Screen Junkies Show and only Honest Trailers! Sorry! I'm still here!
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