I've not seen the third Pirates film, and I haven't seen the other two in a long time, but from what I can recall from memory about Jack Sparrow and how he seems to change rather drastically was warranted by his reception in the first film, that is to say that the writers almost had to make him bigger, if I'm making sense. If others are to 'blame' for what this resulted in, then Johnny Depp should be included too, but I've never wanted to blame faults on good, entertaining performances.
I don't think if I'm just making this up, but I remember reading about it somewhere in this way. Whether this still justifies giving Jack Sparrow the ability to bend realities that apply to other characters... well, perhaps we could think about how that could be avoided?
At 2/3/10 09:15 AM, gumOnShoe wrote:
And you've also brought up perhaps one of the worst characters ever invented in the Star Wars franchise. :/
I know some fans defend Jar Jar with the whole, 'everyone hated the droids/the Ewoks at first' bit, but the fact is that this is true about Jar Jar because he doesn't really offer anything exciting or entertaining, or even anything that children can pick up as a positive, yet Episode I gave him with a great amount of screen time - that's what did it for most I think. I mean, the Ewoks had the whole giantkiller thing going on, though it would've helped the writers here to not make the stormtroopers look like morons after two solid films where the Imperial forces are obviously threats to a great deal of people. Yeah, Wookiees tearing off stormtrooper arms would've been awesome for a great deal of fans (I'll admit that I would've enjoyed it), but it would've required a lot more padding to make it more rewarding. Wookiees, for example, aren't just going to be mild annoyances to the Imperials while they set the forcefields up.
C-3PO too; he's a butt monkey, but also intelligent and resourceful enough to make himself useful, and most of the accidents he gets himself into are not routine - the audience will feel for C-3PO in Cloud City for instance. Jar Jar had clumsiness as a defining trait, as a plot point for crying out loud. On a positive note (though fan opinion on this is clearly divided), this is played with rather sneakily in Episode II, especially if you're familar with the original trilogy as most fans will be.
Of course, the cynical approach is... well, mostly relevant article.
I can say that alien-frog toys with long sticky tongues sold like hot cakes at my primary school. You know, to the extent that were frowned upon more than Pokemon trading cards.
Once you establish a world, you stick to its laws or it unravels. And if you can't set up those laws to begin with, you've already failed as a writer.
I'm not entirely sure what you mean regarding Jar Jar, could you explain please? Star Wars seems to have sagas unknown to me that go further than Jar Jar and the Gungans. Of course, if I've misunderstood anyway, call me out, haha.