Re Jar-Jar: I really disliked the character when I saw the movie for the first time in the theaters. I was all "WTF is this guy about? I can't even understand what he's saying--and the exaggerated Jamacian accent seems racist!" The character seemed a terrible caricature of some of the concepts of the first trilogy which I grew up watching.
HOWEVER--when I watched the movie at home recently with my partner's 7-year old daughter, I saw how the kid's attention was wandering just before Jar-Jar came on, and how riveted to the movie she was after. Which reminded me that some of Star Wars is really for kids. Which I'm not anymore--so maybe I'm not supposed to "get it"!
[i]Perhaps I became more human than human.[/i]--Boba Fett, [i]The Mandalorian Armor[/i]