Jokes that are obvious and easy usually arenâ€™t that funny. But Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers series have a way of turning the obvious into hilarious. Take the final film of Peter Jacksonâ€™s epic journey through Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: â€œThe best in the series, because it finally, FINALLY means its over!â€
You can see the Honest Trailer as well as the How Battle of the Five Armies Should Have Ended videos below.
Other obvious Hobbit commentaries weâ€™ve made over the past years (and I donâ€™t mean the time it takes to actually watch these movies) are there, including the way too cheesy looking CGI, the extending of miniscule sections of an already short kidsâ€™ book into three-hour movies, the movies making not so discreet mentions to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Honest Trailers compliments Martin Freemanâ€™s portrayal of Bilbo, while making the point that the title character is far from the most important character in any of these films. Instead we focus on â€œMoody Dickâ€ Thorin (Richard Armitage). Then comes the epic battle fought â€œbetween 5-8 armiesâ€ over the gold in â€œScrooge McDragonâ€™s vault.â€ If youâ€™ve seen the other Hobbit/LOTR Honest Trailers, they love picking on Tolkienâ€™s eagles. My personal favorite bit, concerns STILL not knowing any of the 5,000 minor charactersâ€™ names. Say what you want about the Harry Potter films/books, but I knew ALL the characters inside and out. With Tolkienâ€™s world, names are too similar and annoying.
The best part of this Honest Trailer is the guest appearance from another YouTube staple, How it Should Have Ended, a series of animated videos detailing, wellâ€¦ I think you get it. Here they mock Frodo reading Bilboâ€™s story and making all the complaints the audience has until Bilbo freaks out on him. And then the creditsâ€¦ STARRINGâ€¦ (in a recurring gag) the New Zealand Department of Tourism!
Screen Junkies currently has over 4 million subscribers on YouTube and releases new Honest Trailers on Tuesdays. They are currently narrated by Jon Bailey. How it Should Have Ended has over 4.6 million subscribers.