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Usually you expect a movie to have been out for a while, and probably even available on home video in some capacity, before it gets an Honest Trailer. But with all of the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, perhaps they just couldn’t help themselves. No, these folks didn’t get to see the highly anticipated seventh Star Wars movie early, this is actually and honest trailer for the trailer. Make of that what you will.
This latest offering from Screen Junkies doesn’t follow the standard "tearing this movie a new asshole" pattern that is their usual SOP. Instead, they take more of a good-natured ribbing of the Star Wars phenomenon as a whole approach. Except for the prequels, they’re pretty harsh on the prequels.
It starts out with many of the same thought most of us had as we watched the final The Force Awakens trailer for the first time, asking the same questions we all were. Who is that character with the covered face? It looks kind of like Leia from Return of the Jedi. Is that the inside of the wrecked star destroyer we’ve already seen? Where the hell is Luke? And that kind of thing.
As you might expect, they get in all kinds of jabs, from the ubiquitous marketing attached to the fan favorite space opera to the endless tinkering with his own universe that George Lucas was so prone to. They hit on Anakin Skywalker, Jar Jar Binks, and one of the most notorious moments in all the prequels, the infamous, "Noooooo!" from Revenge of the Sith. And all of the stories are still true, but in this case, instead of the almost forgotten legends of the Jedi, they mean things like midi-chlorians and the Special Editions.
It also points out the great pains that "some new nerd" is taking to distance these new movies from everything but the original trilogy—new director J.J. Abrams has already said that we won’t be hearing much about midi-chlorians from here on out. Remember, TIE Fighters are still pretty cool, and that new villain looks badass. And yes, they could show us two hours of a monkey washing a cat and we’d still go see The Force Awakens, twice. Probably more. This really is the most unnecessary marketing campaign in the history of advertising. But whatever, it gives us something to talk about until December.
All in all, this video very much feels like the product of fans that are just as eager to see this as the rest of us. But, also like many of us, as excited as they are, the trepidation comes through, especially with the, "the prequels, they’re gnawing at you," line, the "It’s On You, Abrams," bit at the end, and the harrowing reminder about how good the Phantom Menace trailer was.
Just in case you haven’t the real trailer yet today, why not fix that right now.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to take over the world on December 18, earlier if you feel like flying to France.