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PT Subtle (and Not-So-Subtle) Comedy in TPM

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by Cryogenic, Sep 21, 2011.

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  1. Cryogenic

    Cryogenic Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 20, 2005
    Share some of your favourite moments and configurations; wherever they are and whatever they may be.

    One that always makes me chuckle for some reason:

    QUI-GON: My droid has a read-out of what I need.

    WATTO: Errrrggggghhh...


  2. anakinfansince1983

    anakinfansince1983 Nightsister of Four Realms star 9 Staff Member Manager

    Mar 4, 2011
    Jar-Jar making a face at Qui-Gon's back after Qui-Gon tells him not to touch anything.

    Anakin telling Sebulba off at the pod race.
  3. StampidHD280pro

    StampidHD280pro Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 28, 2005
    Qui-Gon: It sounds like bait to establish a connection trace.
    Obi-Wan: I know right?

    Amidala: Jar-Jar.
    Jar-Jar: Meesa, your highness?
    Amidala: Yes, yousa.
  4. Cryogenic

    Cryogenic Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 20, 2005

    The backchat version.
  5. Cryogenic

    Cryogenic Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 20, 2005
    Also, to get serious for a moment, besides it being a tick of Watto's, I wonder if his response to Qui-Gon's remark is also a sexual reference on Lucas' part? I mean, if you believe the movies are radically subversive, all the way through, none of the lines are as straightforward as they appear (then again -- they are!). A defining trait of the Jedi is that they are mutually self-restrictive: celibate. So, when Watto goes "errrrgh" to a direct statement by Qui-Gon, about his little robot helper having a read-out of "what" he "needs", it sounds, to me, like Lucas spoofing what Qui-Gon thinks he needs versus what he might actually need. I mean, if you go back to Lucas' first feature film, THX, the damn title is a lispy homophone of "sex", and it's sexual activity between roommates that is implicitly prohibited, and, to a large degree, physiologically and psychologically precluded (via drugs and mental distraction). And TPM is, from a certain point of view, the Star Wars film you could say is closest to THX. TPM is also the Star Wars film that seems to consciously employ the greatest level of irony its dialogue. Just some fun speculation.
  6. MrFantastic74

    MrFantastic74 Jedi Knight star 4

    Oct 4, 2010
    Subtle? The whole movie was a joke, wasn't it?

    (Joke! Joke! That was a joke! Please don't hate me. It was too good a set up for me to ignore. Peace, brothers. :) )
  7. SithStarSlayer

    SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 23, 2003
    I chuckled out-loud in the theater when Sidious said:
    "Viceroy, I don't want that stunted slime in my sight again."

    Sith Lords don't tolerate eye-boogers.
  8. StampidHD280pro

    StampidHD280pro Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 28, 2005
    The scene with Shmi and Qui-Gon made me chuckle the other day.

    QUI-GON: You should be proud of your son. He gives without any thought of reward.
    SHMI: Well he knows nothing of greed. He has a-
    QUI-GON: Cut the crap, lady. He's a superhero.
  9. drg4

    drg4 Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 30, 2005
    "What's this?"

    "A local."

    Why is this not recognized as the one of the indelible exchanges in the series? Perfect timing and delivery.
  10. SithStarSlayer

    SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 23, 2003
    Perhaps it is because that witty reparte didn't take place in the "OK-Catina"?
  11. obi-rob-kenobi4

    obi-rob-kenobi4 Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 17, 2007
    Agreed 100%

    A good amount of the jar-jar stuff in TPM was handled very well imo That is just one example.
  12. CT-867-5309

    CT-867-5309 Force Ghost star 6

    Jan 5, 2011
    QUI-GON : These Federation types are cowards. The negotiations will be you smell gas?
  13. Winston_Sith

    Winston_Sith Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Apr 8, 2004
    Palpatine: You... could call for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum.[face_whistling]
  14. Mond

    Mond Jedi Knight star 3

    Nov 21, 2009
    Not sure if it qualifies as comedy, but Daultay Dofine just generally being weird.
  15. Winston_Sith

    Winston_Sith Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Apr 8, 2004
    Queen Amidala's sudden eyebrow rise, after Jar Jar reminds her of the grand army the Gungans have, looks like she just got slapped in the face, or she wants to slap herself on her forehead. :oops:
  16. Jedi_Ford_Prefect

    Jedi_Ford_Prefect Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 9, 2003
    Humor, and pretty good humor, is there throughout the movie. And at times I think it's to provide a contrast with our mostly serious-minded protagonists-- with the exception of Anakin and Qui-Gon, most of the human main characters are all rather grim, straight-laced personalities, focusing mostly on their jobs and not really taking the time to smell the flowers, so to speak. Jar Jar, Watto, most of the aliens-- they all seem to be enjoying themselves a bit more. Qui-Gon opens up as a character mostly when he's interacting with those creatures, adopting more formal patterns (though visibly forced) with his peers. When humans do have little humorous moments, they're rather cynical and condescending-- "Why do I sense we've picked up another pathetic life form?".

    Anyway, a bit that always makes me laugh as a self-aware SW moment-- "There's too many of them!" "It won't be a problem."
  17. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 29, 2000
    Always sort of laugh at Ric Olie's corny tour guiding. "The entire planet's one big city!" :p

  18. HevyDevy

    HevyDevy Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 13, 2011
    I like...

    QUI-GON: I'm taking these people to Coruscant.
    DROID: Where are you taking them?
    QUI-GON: To Coruscant.
    DROID: Coruscant...uhh...that doesn't compute...uhh... you're under arrest!
    *Sabers ignite*

    Love that Qui-Gon just tells him where he's going.
  19. DarthWuher

    DarthWuher Jedi Padawan star 1

    Aug 15, 2010
    I always liked the podracer's reaction to Sebulba throwing a wrench in his engines.


  20. ForceJumpAnakin

    ForceJumpAnakin Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Dec 24, 2006
    Queen Amidala's outfit, especially her fruit by the foot strip on her lip.
  21. janstett

    janstett Jedi Master star 3

    May 29, 2004
    Ugh, that makes me cringe. One of several lines of absurd redundant dialog.

    Another being when before the battle with Maul he tells Anakin to hide and stay there -- twice.
  22. Jabba_The_Hutt_123

    Jabba_The_Hutt_123 Jedi Master star 3

    Oct 29, 2003
    Is that just the, when outside 'find a safe place to hide and stay there' 'sure' 'stay there' and then again when he says to stay in the fighter before Maul appears?

    I see no issue there if so, as Anakin had said hey wait for me, and the battle was over in that area.

    Oh wait, I forgot the Ani find cover, quick. Ignore me [face_blush]
  23. Lolly_Tolly

    Lolly_Tolly Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 12, 2008
    "You were right about one thing, Master: the negotiations were short."
  24. MatthewZ

    MatthewZ Jedi Master star 4

    Sep 21, 2003

    I still say that when I screw something up or other similar circumstances.
  25. Darth_Gamek

    Darth_Gamek Jedi Knight star 6

    Aug 10, 2009
    "Oh, I don't care what universe you're from, THAT'S GOTTA HURT!"
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