YMMV / Honest Trailers

  • 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. 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. The Stinger also has the narrator calling John Connor's dad traveling back in time to have sex with John Connor's mom "incest", when they aren't related.
    • 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.
    • Their trailer for Zootopia tries to call the movie out for having a Broken Aesop about stereotypes being wrong, since all of the animal stereotypes are actually true ("So settle in for a fantastically animated, well-told lesson about disproving stereotypes, even though the fox character really is sneaky, the weasels do cheat, and the sloths are slow"). Except all of the examples that they cite are pretty clearly subverted and/or deconstructed in the actual movie. Nick Wilde is a con artist, but it's shown that he was bullied as a child for being a fox, and learned that people would treat him as untrustworthy no matter what he did; he also proves them all wrong in the end by becoming a police officer. The weasels are criminals, but they only serve as dumb muscle for the real villain, who's an outwardly respectable sheep. And a Brick Joke reveals that Flash the sloth is actually a drag racer who loves fast cars.
    • Mortal Kombat says the movies introduce the heroes "and introduces them again as everyone is recast in the sequel". Then each character shows up with screen split between the original and Annihilation versions... only the very first is Liu Kang, whose actor is one of the two who didn't change - and the fourth one, Kitana, is the other one whose portrayer was also kept.
    • The Suicide Squad (2016) trailer shows Iron Man in its collage of movies that climax with a portal opening in the sky. Except, no such portal appears in Iron Man, with the picture used actually depicting Iron Man and/or Iron Monger flying straight into the clouds.
    • The eponymous heroine of Moana is said multiple times to have water manipulation powers, when it's actually that she's friends with the spirit of the ocean and it occasionally helps her out of its own accord.
    • In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie:
      • The trailer claims that Rita frees Ivan Ooze, but this is actually Lord Zedd's doing (who isn't mentioned in the trailer at all).
      • The trailer also asks if Tommy and Kimberly are dating yet and that it's so vague. This is in spite of the fact that the two are one of the most well known couples in Power Rangers history although to be fair since the movie is an AU, it's possible that it's talking about the vagueness of this continuity's Tommy and Kimberly.
    • The Honest Trailer for Aliens criticizes characters in the movie for not taking Ripley's advice about the Xenomorphs into acount even though she has survived an encounter with them before. However, most of the scenes that they show in the montage are from before the Xenomorphs have actually been proven to exist; earlier in the movie, it was made clear that no trace of the Xenomorph from the first movie could be retrieved, and after the Xenomorphs appear, people actually listen to her.
    • The Injustice 2 trailer criticizes it for including certain characters as fighters, specifically Cheetah, Dr. Fate and Captain Cold, describing them as weird choices. Earlier in the trailer, Gorilla Grodd was even described as a "complete Ass Pull". While Dr. Fate and Cheetah might not be as well known to non-comic readers, Captain Cold and Grodd had both been prominently featured in Arrowverse shows before the game's release. Grodd had guest-appeared as a villain in the then most recent season of The Flash (2014).
    • The Beauty and the Beast (2017) Honest Trailer makes several jokes about Emma Watson using autotuning, when in fact she wasn't using autotune at all.
    • The Honest Game Trailer for the Nintendo Switch claims that, among its games, is "the first 3D Mario since Galaxy", which ignores that after Galaxy there was Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario 3D Land, and Super Mario 3D World, which as the name of the latter two can attest, were all in 3D.
  • 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. Just two examples from the Honest Trailer for The Lion King:
    "Weeeee are gooooonna pooooork toniiiiight…"

    "No one knows a-what-a we are saying, but it's fun to sing it anyway-a…"note 
  • 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.
    • Before Suicide Squad (2016) premiered, the Batman Honest Trailer commented that previews of Jared Leto as the Joker made him seem potentially superior to Jack Nicholson (whom they already admitted didn't come as close as Heath Ledger and Mark Hamill did to becoming the Joker's definitive actor), and posterior Honest Trailers looked forwards positively about Suicide Squad overall, such as when the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Honest Trailer ended with an excited "But at least Suicide Squad looks good!" despite Batman v Superman's polarising reception. In the eventual Suicide Squad Honest Trailer, they have nothing nice to say about the 10 minutes ultimately shown in the movie of Leto's performance, and besides the performances of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jai Courtney ("of all people," as they note, as Courtney's acting being perceived as bland by them made him a sort of Sitcom Arch-Nemesis to Honest Trailers), nothing nice to say about the movie at all.
  • 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 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 the eighth Fast and Furious film.
    • 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.
    • The Captain America: Civil War trailer claims of the ending, "What, you thought there'd be lasting stakes? This is Marvel we're talking about." And then the end of Season 1 of Luke Cage sees the MCU putting out its first full-on Downer Ending.
    • A lot of remarks about Ghostbusters (2016) across a couple of Honest Trailers before its relase were in defense of the movie, and complained about everybody's eagerness to hate the movie in spite of it not being out. When the Honest Trailer for the 2016 movie came out, they admitted that the film was "pretty bad" (even if not as much as everybody said it was gonna be), though they did ask viewers to not harass the cast just because they were in a mediocre movie (indirectly referring to the racist Twitter attacks on star Leslie Jones following the movie's release), and insisted that it wasn't worth getting that worked up over.
    • In the Honest Trailer for Terminator Genisys, the narrator shouted at it for "trying to make Jai Courtney happen," and besides Shailene Woodley's performance, the only good thing the narrator has to say about The Divergent Series: Insurgent in its Honest Trailer is that Jai Courtney's character is killed off. In the Suicide Squad (2016) Honest Trailer that was released the next year, he admitted to being pleasantly surprised by Courtney's performance as Captain Boomerang.
    • Also in the Honest Trailer for Terminator Genisys, the narrator ended his description of the cast with Emilia Clarke, saying "...and Daenerys Targaryen as Sarah Connor. Come on, Khaleesi, you're so much better than this!" Around a year after Genisys was released, Clarke said that she would not return for any sequels. While it can be Harsher in Hindsight for those who liked her in the movie, just the idea that she somehow heard the narrator and took his advice is hilarious.
    • The Honest Game Trailer for Starcraft 2 nicknaming Mengsk "President Donald Trump".
    • The Honest Trailer for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory credits Uncle Joe as "Joe Biden His Time", and spends a beat criticizing how he can walk just fine but continues to squat in his bed while Charlie busts his ass trying to help provide for the family. Shortly after the video's release, the Kristen Stewart episode of Saturday Night Live had a sketch mocking this as well.
    • The Honest Trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine points out that it's the "shoutiest movie ever". Fast forward to Logan, and the Honest Credits actually include "Yelling".
    • Both the "CinemaSins" video made by Honest Trailersnote  and the actual Honest Trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 jokingly credit the kid dressed up as Spider-Man from the ending as Tobey Maguire. Around the time the latter video was released, Tom Holland (Spider-Man's actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Kevin Feige announced that the kid dressed up as Iron Man that appears in the climax of Iron Man 2 was retconned into being actually Peter Parker doing an Early-Bird Cameo in the MCU.
    • The Honest Game Trailer for Pokémon Black and White calls Purrloin "Dark Meowth". In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Meowth's Alolan Form is a dark-type
    • The Tekken trailer has the narrator struggling to pronounce Hwoarang's name, and settling on "Howard". And then Tekken got a Howard, Geese Howard, that is.
    • The Honest Trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction mocked the movie relentlessly for its obvious pandering to Chinese audiences, suggesting that American viewers had caught on to Michael Bay's tricks and that he would start making movies mainly for China instead. This makes it a bit hilarious (and a little bit satisfying for those who are fed up with the movies) that the next Transformers movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, not only was panned by American and Chinese audiences alike, but also dropped an astonishing 82% in grosses from its first Friday to its second on the Chinese market.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • In the video for The LEGO Movie, they talked about how it was snubbed in favor of The Tale of the 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.
    • In the Daredevil video, the "Starring" section featuring the artists featured on the soundtrack pretty much saying that the bands sucked and mentioning Evanescence twice resulted in many angry comments from diehard Evanescence Fangirls.
    • When the Honest Trailer for Ghostbusters II, released shortly before the release of Ghostbusters (2016), complained about everybody's eagerness to hate the movie in spite of it still not being out at the time, several comments jumped to accuse them of being studio shills. When a trailer for the 2016 movie was made, knowing from the fact that even Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy surrounding the movie that the comments section would be a huge case of This Is Gonna Suck, disabled them. Cue a metric tonne of commenters going to other videos to yell and scream about not being able to troll for or against the film. (to the point that in the next episode, all phrases the narrator said were requests to allow the comments!)
    • The Honest Game Trailer for the Nintendo Switch was particularly disliked for seemingly being less about being funny and more about really going out of its way in bashing the console. Not helping things were things like the Critical Research Failure of saying that it had "the first 3D Mario since Galaxy", that Smosh Games is owned by Sony, the owner of Nintendo's rival, the Play Station, thus making it seem that the trailer was a straight-up hatchet job, and that the trailer began with an ad for Transformers: The Last Knight, when the Transformers Film Series has been one of Honest Trailers' Sitcom Arch-Nemesis, thus making it seem like Honest Trailers sold out (though as mentioned before, Smosh Games is responsible for Honest Game Trailers, while the Honest Trailers for other media are made by Screen Junkies, meaning that Honest Trailers/Screen Junkies wasn't necessarily responsible for the ad).
    • The Honest Game Trailer for Crash Bandicoot was particularly disliked for being a) not funny and b) extremely mean spirited. It basically doesn't make any jokes at all and instead does nothing except insult Crash Bandicoot, plataformers and sidescrollers in general and state how inferior it is to Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Bros. More egregiously, it states that the franchise is only remembered because of the Nostalgia Filter, when in fact, the Bandicoot franchise is considered by some to have aged better than Sonic (which has a split opinion on whether or not the transition to 3D worked out.) and even Super Mario Bros., which has carried on by expanding to a lot of other genres as well as platformers.
  • 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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