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Jar Jar Binks- Why is he so hated?

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by yaqngie, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. yaqngie

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    I'm just curious at why Jar Jar Binks is so hated? What are your reasons and thoughts behind it.

    I get that there is always a character in the movie that is the butt of all jokes, but I feel like some people refuse to like the Prequels due to this character.

    So lets talk and share your opinions on why you dislike him.
     
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    He's for kids, very young kids. I know that because I loved him when I watched Episode 1 for the first time as a 6 yr old.

    in retrospect it was maybe a bit too much, especiallly for Fans who grew up with the OT.


    But still Jar Jar is an incredible achievement by ILM.
    Not 100% sure but I think it was the first mo-cap performance ever.
     
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    He was clumsy....but we have clumsy people in the world.

    He had an accent...but we have people that have accents when they are speaking a second language.
     
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    No sense in beating a dead horse, but...Jar jar is just annoying, plain and simple. Fart jokes, aren't funny to anyone over five years old. If it weren't for Jar Jar Episode I would have been far better. Think about it.
    In every SW movie you have a comic relief. OT you had 3PO/R2, Yoda before reveling himself to Luke. They were annoying to the other characters, not the audience. Same with k2SO he was like an autistic droid, that annoyed the cast, but he had some funny lines. Jar Jar might have been appealing to very small children, but certainly not adults. It is a kid's movie after all, so I really don't bash him all that much.
     
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    If that's your opinion, you'd be surprised how very wrong you are.
     
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    I'll put it this way, if you like fart jokes Jar Jar is your guy. Its the absolute lowest form of comedy. It doesn't take a lot of talent to write Jar Jars dialogue.
     
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    Def not trying to "beat a dead horse".......just trying to get a understanding on the dislike to utter hatred for this character.

    I enjoyed the humor he offered. I enjoyed the situations he put the characters in due to him being clumsy.

    So how would it have been far better? Would you have enjoyed him having a different accent, different body type, less jokes, less clumsiness?
    Really again just trying to understand.
     
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    If you like his humor that's fine, but a lot of people don't and that's the problem he has. He's not funny. If you don't like his humor he is just annoying, that isn't good for a main character. I'm not sure what the confusion is, it's been expressed intensely for almost 20 years now. The kids who liked him are now adults, so popular opinion might be different. For me he ruined ep.1, just for being high pitched annoying main character.
    Going back to 3po, whenever he started getting really annoying, one of the other characters would shut him up or shut him down. That in itself was funny. Jar jar never shuts up, ever, and it gets to be too much.
     
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    I'm not saying I, or many adults laughed at Jar Jar's fart jokes, but to claim that no adults find fart jokes funny is a most ridiculous statement because it's disproven on a daily basis.

    Also, even by awkwardly laughing at his fart jokes in disappointment, Lucas has still emerged victorious.
     
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    In the long run it didn't work out for Lucas. There was such criticism he stopped making Star Wars movies. Mostly becase of Jar Jar. So he sold out for a measly 4 Bill. Disney probably has made that much already.
     
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    I would find it hard to believe that Lucas stopped making films and sold out bc of Jar Jar.....now if that was true I could see hatred in him.
     
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    After rewatching Episode I yesterday I think they are two main reasonswhy Jar-Jar doesn't work. The first one is the fact that he is basically the only source of comedy among the main cast. Everyone else is dead serious throughout the film this results in a character not being treated seriously. The second aspect is the type of humour that Jar-Jar represents. He is basically a space version of Goofy (long ears, clumsy walk, taller than everyone else) and like Goofy, his main source of comedy is through slapstick. The reason why slapstick isn't used that often in SW is because it strips the films away of some kind of gravitas that these films have. They are to be taken seriously because this gives them credibility in our eyes and makes us think that somewhere these stories could have taken place.
     
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    As an artist myself, my take is Lucas wanted to create a fun character for 12 year olds. He completely alienated the fans that grew up with Star Wars by concentrating on them. Its as foolish as saying only 12 year olds read comic books. Anyway, I like TPM, Jar Jar Binks didn't ruin the film for me, the end battle with his slapstick annoyed me a bit, but I like all the Star Wars films, some more then others, but on a whole I see all the films as one entire story.
     
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    I never hated Jar Jar, he just wasn't meant for me. That type of comedy was never for me and I don't think it fits Star Wars, especially in that amount. A moment of slapstick could work in a situation, but not through the entire film. Additionally, I don't think Lucas executed his intention for Jar Jar well. We should have felt sorry for a good-natured guy who was exiled from his people just because he was clumsy. But, he was so over the top that people couldn't see behind it.

    The problem is that his character became a shorthand for everything that is wrong with the prequels and then it's just lazy. If only Jar Jar was the problem of the prequels, I don't think people would pile so much hatred on him. They might still dislike him, but he would not be a center of aggression.

    To sum up, like with many elements of the prequels, the answer is execution, execution, execution.
     
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    So you think he is basically the scapegoat....I can get that!
     
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    i hate jar jar, but like the prequels tho. but just look at him, he is a completely disaster in everything he does. even if he does something good, he 9 out of 10 times didn't do it on purpose. for the people who don't really know who is his creater, they are kids. the most hated thing of star wars is a creation of 2 kids.... so if you didn't already hated him because of the things he does, youn can hate him on his design. pretty much everything you can judge someone on......
     
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    I basically ignored him - or maybe "overlooked" is a better word - when I initially saw the movie in the theater. However, over the years, yeah, i agree with most that he is annoying in TPM.

    IMO he was poorly written/utilized in TPM. But I thought he was used pretty-well in The Clone Wars(series).
     
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    I hate nobody.

    I forget about Jar Jar as soon as he isn't on the screen anymore.
     
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    Is Jar Jar why? No.
    But he certainly gave things a large "push" in that direction
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    I never really got the hatred of Binks, honestly. I mean, I do understand that not everyone is going to like every character. That's a given with almost any book/movie/television series. I feel the same way many people do about Jar Jar about Han Solo in the OT. Not a fan whatsoever. I wouldn't say Jar Jar is a favorite of mine by any means, though I did enjoy them expanding his character through the Clone Wars show. He set the whole chain of events in motion, so maybe that's why people hate him so passionately. There is this character that they can not stand at all, who happens to be one of the most pivotal characters in the entire saga. I wasn't opposed to him as a child seeing the PT, but I didn't really enjoy his character much either until I got older (Given I'm only 22 now, but I digress.) I would've been more of a fan had they gone the Darth Jar Jar route, but I really dig the idea of him being this clumsy, innocent, clown of a character who really is a good person...who just so happens to thrust the galaxy into utter darkness. Him actually ending up as a street clown later in life in the current cannon is just a plus to me.
     
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