There’s something in fiction I like to call the ‘Jar Jar Binks effect’ or alternatively ‘The Twilight Vampire phenomena’. And that is when the general public chooses one single aspect of a horrible work of fiction to deposit all their hate into.
And the reason I bring this on is because my brother is binge watching the Star Wars films, starting from Phantom Menace, and was pretty miffed at my comment that Episode One is the least horrible prequel in my opinion.
To a lot of people that’s not true because it has the most Jar Jar Binks, but here’s the thing though; I don’t care about Jar Jar. I don’t hate him. He’s annoying as fuck and completely useless, yes, but whatever. My issue with the prequels is Anakin and Obi-Wan and since Obi-Wan is still a padawan here and Anakin is a little kid it is sorta excusable that the first is a bit of a moron and the latter is a whiny brat. On the second and third episodes… It goes into unforgivable territory for me really fast. Not to mention the horrible, horrible, unbelievably awkward romance between Anakin and Padme. Just… HORRIBLE.
Bottom line; take Jar Jar out of the equation completely and you still have a fucking terrible trilogy. Much like removing the glitter effect from Edward would never automatically make Twilight a literary masterpiece.
Therefore I don’t hate Jar Jar and I don’t think he’s a valid argument for whether or not one of these movies is worst than the others. Anakin is though. He totally is.
And no. I honestly can’t say which of the other two movies is the worst, but I can say they’re both a ton more annoying than Phantom Menace.