King Julien is a great ruler? What do you mean. He can't even lead his people and make Madagascar a good kingdom. He knows how to party, sure, but what can millions of dance party do if the kingdom is not being governed properly? And what is the story even about? How can one enjoy such a silly and childish story?
Oh, anonymous. You have bitched to the wrong person. Do I have some facts for you…
“What is the story even about?” tells me you clearly haven’t watched a single episode. I’m guessing you’re basing all your logic on the movies, where YES, obviously, he doesn’t really lead his people. (Although, honestly, the movies don’t really focus on his character) AHKJ has given him an actual personality that’s not just for laughs. He CARES about his people. He has meaningful relationships.
The entire story is about him learning to thrive in his new role. Literally when you watch the show you can see him learning just how he does that!!! He makes mistakes sometimes, but doesn’t everyone? Julien wants to be the best ruler he can be. It’s been his dream for frank-knows-how-long. And he is working on it. He is trying to put his people first, by keeping them safe and leading them to greatness.
One of many examples I can give is the episode That Sinking Feeling. Masikura, his mystical advisor, (whom I’m sure you don’t know considering you don’t watch the show) foretells that their island is sinking. Julien’s first response is to find a way to keep his people safe. He, and Timo, try to create a boat that will carry them all to safety (Im sure you don’t know who Timo is, given that, again, YOU DONT WATCH THE SHOW) There are also multiple things Julien tries. He even gets to the point of burning down the island’s trees so it will make the island lighter!!!! He wants them to be safe and happy!!!
The whole beginning of the plot in Gimme Gimme the Game was him trying to make his people happy. He even said, “if they are unhappy, then I am unhappy.” I can give a hundred more examples, but HOPEFULLY you are getting a clear grasp of this.
The people Julien rules over once lived their entire lives in fear. They were forced to be quiet, by their old ruler, Julien’s uncle, we can see that in literally the first episode!!! Although we can interpret he used their fear of the fossa to enforce this law, he also hypnotized and killed a group of lemurs.
Julien’s people were seemingly terrified of the world around them.
And then suddenly Julien gets the crown and they all are introduced to laughing and dancing and partying again. He and his people have FUN for the first time in a long while. They get more FREEDOM and you can see them trusting Julien.
THAT is how those “millions of dance parties” matter!!!! It allows them to do what they couldn’t for so long, enjoy life! It’s the first thing they celebrated in a long time!!!! I don’t know about you anon, but if I was forced to shut up for years, I’d be pretty relieved about that sudden change. And it shows for them! Julien loves his kingdom and nearly everybody there loves him!
He is becoming the king he was meant to be, and that is what makes him great. He might mess up along the way, but he, Maurice, and Clover can pretty much always find a way to fix it. He’s normally not afraid to enlist the help of others and he’s getting to where he needs to be.
Anon, I highly suggest you watch AHKJ with an open mind. Especially before trying to act like you know everything about his character. Like you, I once had my doubts, but watching ahkj that day almost 3 years ago was the best decision of my life. This “silly and childish” show means a lot to me, and the people who make it know what they are doing with Julien. Trust me on this.
He looks like a beatnik 1960s art teacher at a small midwestern all-women’s liberal arts college, and I am all in for it. (I can imagine the scenario in a ye olde teen movie on TCM: “Have you had Professor Gyllenhaal for Art Intro?’ asks Mary-Lou. “He’s the dreamiest!”)
Dong Wook. It was so nice working with you.I hope we can work in another drama again. I miss you.
- Mr Goblin, Gong Yoo hyung. We had beautiful days. I wasn’t lonely, thanks to you. If we could work together again. I think we can have more fun.
I think the thing I love the most about Mad Max: Fury Road is the fact that while it holds out this persona as ‘hey look some classic post-apocalypse action flick’, it actually breaks and twists a ton of genre tropes. It’s a futuristic desert world, but there is COLOR COLOR COLOR literally EVERYWHERE, it’s not some sepia-toned snooze fest. Immortan Joe isn’t the usual post-apocalypse villain, either–he’s not a sickly philosophizing bureaucrat, he’s just over-powerful and shamelessly selfish. (Plus the overabundance of cool females is fairly unusual in an action movie and exceedingly welcome, but that’s a dead horse I’m going to refrain from beating here).
But my favorite subverted trope in the whole film comes at the end. Like a The Book of Eli or I Am Legend, the movie holds forth the promise of some semi-civilized remnant of humanity that the heroes have only to reach to be safe. The entire plot revolves around Furiosa, and eventually Max, trying to get everyone to the Green Place of Many Mothers; somewhere where plants and kindness still exist, somewhere where the horrors of Immortan Joe’s tyranny can be left behind and forgotten. And then comes the kicker: the Green Place is no longer. It’s as dead and poisoned as everything else, turned into a noxious, useless swamp. And then the heroes have a choice: keep running towards some distant Green Land, some half-hopeless promise–or go back and fight. And THEY GO BACK. And they FIGHT. And in fighting, they save not only themselves but who knows how many others–all the people living under Immortan Joe’s sorry excuse for a rule.
I just love that the solution was not, for once, simply to flee and ignore and save yourselves, but to turn, to hold your ground, and to destroy the evil instead of letting it destroy anyone or anything else.