Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The Life And Times Of Jar Jar Binks

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May 19, 1999, was a pop culture milestone: Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, the first Star Wars movie in 16 years, opened in the United States. More than two million people took the day off of work to see it. And what did those fans get after all the hype? A movie that drew mixed reviews at best.

And as the summer rolled on, one name kept popping upon news reports and on Internet message boards: Jar Jar Binks. His primary role was to provide comic relief. What went wrong?

1 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

I like the character, as do many people of my (older) generation. It's mostly the immature males who still harbor delusions of themselves as "bad-ass Jedi Knights" who don't like the character.

Star Wars is intended for children; adults must watch it within that framework, just as they would a Disney animation. Some of the neckbeards who still collect action figures at the age of 40 have never been able to internalize that reality.