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PT The Jar Jar Binks Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by CoolyFett, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. SoUncivilized

    SoUncivilized Jedi Youngling

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    Just finished a video about this very subject.



    But I have to say, even though I've made the pro-Jar Jar argument before to friends and whoever, going through the movie for clips and actually seeing it laid out in front of me on a timeline for a week or two made me realize a) how rich the character's story arc actually is and b) how much nuance Best and ILM brought to his portrayal.

    The instinct is to compare Jar Jar to, like, Ruby Rhod or something. But there are a number of scenes in the movie where he drops out of "comic relief" mode and into something completely different. And even in comic relief mode he usually has an extremely clear POV, feeling about what is going on, etc etc. A number of little grace notes throughout -- for instance, I really like the way he talks to Anakin as a fellow outsider in the Coruscant sequence.

    (I also laughed more at the comic relief bits while making this than I usually do, which may be because I was seeing them more in light of his character and less of just "antics."
     
  2. CoolyFett

    CoolyFett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Good to See my mans Jar Jar Binks still getting love. I hope Ahmed Best is feeling ok this holiday. I know he has been through a lot.
     
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  3. CoolyFett

    CoolyFett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    AWESOME!!!
     
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  4. Jedi Knight Fett

    Jedi Knight Fett PT Interview Host/All-Around Good Guy star 10 VIP - Game Host

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    I think knowing his fate after ROTJ has recontectualized his character for me
     
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  5. Valiowk

    Valiowk Force Ghost star 6

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    I recently rewatched TPM on a flight after not finding any other (non-SW) films on the airline's entertainment system that appealed sufficiently to me. It's been some time since I last rewatched SW; in the time in-between, I've engaged in a few writing projects that helped me see better some of the criticism of Lucas' writing. I mention this because now I better understand why some people find Jar Jar annoying. At the same time, however, this is clearly acknowledged in TPM. Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Padme all do not think Jar Jar is the cutest character in the galaxy. What makes their interaction with Jar Jar different from that of the response of some reviewers of TPM, however, is that they are kind enough to treat someone who might slightly get on their nerves gently. They understand that he is a decent being who fundamentally hasn't done anything for which one would call a person out, and they treat him with the due degree of respect that you would treat such a person. I wonder how many of us would do the same were we in their place, or were a similar situation to happen in real life. So I feel that Jar Jar's presence in the films says a lot about the character of those with whom he interacts, and I'm glad he's there for that reason.
     
  6. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Chosen One star 10

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  7. Emperor McClane

    Emperor McClane Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Saw TPM on release when I was 17 years old and found Jar Jar funny. Many people talk like he is dumb, but he isn't. This shows in his serious moments. He's just clumsy but a good hearted character. I think he is hillarious in his clumsy Moments, I am a film buff, I love old slapstick movies, I love old Cartoons, I love Laurel and Hardy and other silly stuff. It is pretty clear, what Lucas also stated, that Jar Jar is based on Goofy. And ,like Lucas, I also love Goofy cartoons. Like in all Star Wars movies, Lucas is mixing different genres and is influenced by other movies. Lucas likes to experiment.
     
  8. Lulu Mars

    Lulu Mars Force Ghost star 4

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    I've never seen Jar Jar as stupid, either. On the contrary, he is among the wisest characters in the Saga. Perhaps he doesn't possess the keen intellect of someone like Padmé, but the simple wisdom of his observations and his whole approach to life is rivaled by few in the galaxy.
     
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  9. Deliveranze

    Deliveranze Force Ghost star 6

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    I agree with both @Emperor McClane and @Lulu Mars

    Jar Jar may not be the most competent individual in a physical sense, but he isn't dumb. He knows how to read people and knows his place in the galaxy. For example, the look he gives when theres tension between Anakin and Obi-Wan in AOTC. That, combined with his innocent, good-hearted nature, makes him a really special character. Jar Jar should be cynical given how he is underestimated in so many ways, but he is constantly trying to prove himself. That makes him quite relatable in a way.