Every movie that makes a big splash at the box office gets one, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is no exception. You knew it was coming, and now the penultimate chapter in the multi-billion dollar franchise has received the Honest Trailer treatment. Check it out below.
No movie is safe from the Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer, except for really good, quality movies. No, not those, huh? Oh well. Despite being surprisingly fond of Wes Ball’s dystopian YA flick The Maze Runner when it came out last year, I was immediately ready to watch it get ripped to shreds by clever Internet videos, and this does not disappoint. Check it out!
You knew that this was coming, and that it was going to be all kinds of mean, but now that the movie is out on Blu-ray and DVD, here is the Screen Junkies’ “Honest Trailer” for the Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
To be honest, this isn’t actually quite a brutal as I expected. Sure, they do their shtick of pointing out all of the obvious flaws and problems, but the issues all so apparent that you’re already well aware of them, and they either bother you or they don’t. There are some funny moments, however, like referring to the newly designed Turtles as “roided-out nightmare versions of Shrek,” or talking about how the “nerd rage of 1000 fanboys” led to changes in the story and obvious reshoots.
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of our favorite movies of the year, sci-fi, comic book, or otherwise. It combines the high adventure and wit of an Indiana Jones movie with the swashbuckling space opera of Star Wars, and that’s a good time. But we won’t pretend it’s perfect or without it’s peculiar flaws, we just don’t care about them because the rest is so damn much fun. However, if there are certain problems about Marvel’s deep space actioner that just stick in your craw, you’ll probably find them here, in the Guardians of the Galaxy Honest Trailer.
I’m honestly not usually a big fan of these videos, but this one is actually pretty funny. The Screen Junkies crew does their usual shtick, pointing out obvious hiccups and issues, like how this is Marvel’s attempt to make a Star Wars movie (which I don’t think necessarily think is a problem), and how the villain, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) is woefully underdeveloped. But they admit that they’re reaching most of the time, acknowledging that Guardians is a pretty good movie.
We loved this summer’s Godzilla, like a lot, but we’re not so bold to proclaim that it is a great movie in many regards. Hell, in some (read anything having to do with a human) it’s downright terrible. Still, there’s something about seeing a skyscraper tall monster stomp through a major metropolis that just makes our heart soar every time. That said, the folks over at Screen Junkies are back with their “Honest Trailers,” taking the piss out of Gareth Edwards’ resurrection of the King of the Monsters.
If you’re familiar with the Honest Trailer phenomenon at all, they you know exactly what to expect. Though they do make some good points, this is really just pointing at the most obvious flaws and saying “really?” It can be fun, but as with most of these videos, at least for me, it overstays its welcome. The best installments are when they’re actually clever, but in this case, the problems are so glaring and readily apparent to anyone with eyes that this is nothing particularly special.
Some of us are patiently waiting for Ghostbusters 3 to finally get made, while others of us would rather get weekly lobotomies rather than having to see this particular sequel. But one thing is certain: we can all agree that Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters is Hollywood at its finest. The film’s 30th anniversary has been celebrated in many ways this year, but this is perhaps the most sarcasm-laden attempt yet, as Screen Junkies sets its target on Ghostbusters for one of its rollicking Honest Trailers. This is a true sign of success, certainly.
To be fair, most of the films that get the Honest Trailer treatment are overcooked blockbusters with no real sense of reality behind them. But Ghostbusters, for all of its reality-eschewing supernaturalness, is too good of a movie for these guys to just rip apart willy nilly. As such, the jokes are more general and are more in tune with society’s relationship with Ghostbusters, like the joke about how this is what 1984 movie stars looked like. But who cares about looks when it’s the mind that really draws the attention? Peter Venkman, that’s who.