Disney extends Kathleen Kennedy contract for another three years

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Disney extended the contract of Kathleen Kennedy as president of Lucasfilm for another three years.  This move undoubtedly has members of the toxic Star Wars fandom community quite livid. These are the fans who enjoy watching a metal Rose Tico figure get decapitated with a pair of bolt cutters. I’m surprised I can’t hear their collective cries of anguish and their gnashing of teeth from where I sit in my house in Maryland.

They can’t all live in sound-proof basements.

Kathleen Kennedy is a proven winner

People who peddle hate in the Star Wars fan community like to bemoan what a terrible job Kathleen Kennedy has done as president of Lucasfilm. I don’t agree. The facts just don’t align with that claim. Under Kennedy’s watch, the Star Wars franchise grossed nearly $4.5 billion.

Considering how much money Kennedy has brought in for Disney and its shareholders, they would have been stupid not to extend Kennedy’s contract. This is Hollywood where most movies supposedly lose money.

What about Solo: A Star Wars Story?

Granted, Solo: A Star Wars Story was the first movie in the Star Wars franchise to lose money, but you cannot expect to hit a home run every time you go up to bat. Make enough Star Wars moves and chances are, one of them will be a box office dud.

I saw Solo: A Star Wars Story and it wasn’t as bad as some people said it was. My biggest problem with the movie was the actor who played a young Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich.

Alden Ehrenreich

It’s not like Alden Ehrenreich was terrible or anything. I just wasn’t feeling him as Han Solo. That’s not an insult towards Ehrenreich. I just think the only actor who can play a young Han Solo is a young Harrison Ford.

A better choice would have been to leave the character alone and make a Star Wars movie about a post-teen Boba Fett or better yet, a young Admiral Ackbar.

There were a lot of things I liked about Solo: A Star Wars Story. If you’re a Star Wars fan and you haven’t seen Solo: A Star Wars Story, you should watch it. It may have lost money, but that shouldn’t stop you from watching it. Solo: A Star Wars Story is not the worst Star Wars movie of the franchise. That distinction goes to the prequel movies. If you watched those three movies, you’ve already watched the worst movies in the Star Wars franchise.

In my opinion, the best single movie in the Star Wars franchise was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That happened under Kathleen Kennedy’s leadership. She deserved the contract extension just for that.

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ tanked hard

Solo: A Star Wars Story came out in theaters on May 24 and the verdict is in: it tanked and it tanked hard. It made only $143 million worldwide on its opening weekend. For comparison’s sake, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story made $290 million worldwide on its global opening weekend.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a great movie.

How bad was Solo: A Star Wars Story?  Justice League, the most recent bad movie based on DC comics characters, made over $279 million on its global opening weekend. Justice League turned Aquaman into one of the bikers from Sons of Anarchy and it still did better than Solo.

Rotten Tomatoes, the movie review aggregation website, shows Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently at 70 percent. When I was in high school, 70 percent was a C minus. Believe me, it’s a grade I know a lot about. That sounds about right from what I’ve seen of Solo.

What the hell is pansexuality?

I wonder if Solo would have done better in theaters if the co-writer of the movie hadn’t announced a couple of days before its release that Lando Calrissian was pansexual. It couldn’t have helped.

I don’t plan on ever seeing Solo. I try to avoid things I know will make me angry. I’m not against seeing bad movies. Solo is different. I have an emotional connection to the Star Wars universe. I’m not the type of person who allows himself to become offended by the actions of others, but if I did, I think Solo would offend me.

And I’m not against hating things about Star Wars. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Star Wars. I’ve always loved Star Wars, but there have been things about it that I hated. I wouldn’t have cared, let along hated the things I’ve hated if I didn’t love the movie franchise.

Harrison Ford and Alden Ehrenreich.

Recasting the part of Han Solo just seems immoral to me. I have a difficult time separating Harrison Ford from the character he played. Han Solo is an iconic character, mostly because he was played by Harrison Ford. He breathed life into the character, making him at least to me the most beloved character in the Star Wars franchise. Recasting Han Solo, let alone with a talentless hack like Alden Ehrenreich, was unethical and immoral.

Not as immoral as pansexuality, but it’s close.