Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Jar Jar Binks Factor

Last week my daughter wanted to watch Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom since it was the only movie in the series she had not seen. I warned her that it has always been my least favorite installment despite having an exciting start.

As we watched the movie and Indiana's little sidekick, Short Round came on screen, I warned her that he was a little bit annoying and was there for comic relief kind of like a Jar Jar Binks. After watching the movie for another 20 minutes I realized I was mistaken. The real Jar Jar in this movie was Kate Capshaw.

I was surprised to see scene after scene of her pulling silly faces, complaining, over reacting, and being frightened by animals and creatures in the jungle. She may have been prettier than Marion was in the first movie, but her annoying personality detracted from the movie. I'm sure Capshaw was told to ham it up for the movie so she's not the only one to blame.

Having an annoying character in a movie is nothing new. I love The Fifth Element, but I cringe each time Ruby Rhod, who is played by Chris Tucker, gets screen time.

The next time you are bothered by an irritating character in a movie, just remember there have been many over them over time, but I'll admit Jar Jar Binks raised the bar when it comes to being obnoxious.

1 comment:

Kal said...

I may be the only person in the world who actually likes Chris Tucker. I can't get enough of his insanity. It moves at the speed of my brain somehow. I am not proud to admit that but it's true.

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