AussieDodger wrote:Tommy Lee Jones' character was one of the most useless I have ever seen. Nearly on a Jarjar Binks level. Did he actually achieve anything?
Jar Jar Binks? That is harsh. Jar Jar Binks was useless in every facet. Sheriff Bell might be useless as a character but his dramatic purpose is critical. He is the main character albeit a non-traditional one and he's also the only subjective character in the film that actually changes so without him this story falls apart like a house of cards. Just my $.02.
I feel that in movies the good guys and bad guys have to provoke certain emotions.
If you have a good guy like Tommy Lee Jones' character and most times he appears on screen you groan and roll your eyes, he's kind of not the good guy anymore. Maybe the film-makers did this on purpose, but by the end of the movie his character's screen time was nearly fast forward-worthy.
The "dramatic purpose" is kind of defeated if you couldn't give a crap about what happens to them (and maybe you're secretly hoping Javier Bardem catches up to them).
Also - in chase movies like this the cops are usually behind, but not far behind. TLJ was like 6 months behind, which added to the uselessness of his character.