Star Wars: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy Defends The Last Jedi

Ever since Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters in December of 2017, it’s been a hot topic of debate among fans. Some people love it, some people hate it, and they all love talking about it. For me personally, it was a film that really showed that the franchise wasn’t afraid to take risks and go off in unexpected territory, and to this day, I appreciate what it accomplishes with its characters, even if some of the military logic is questionable.

Lucasfilm itself has received a lot of flack for the movie though, including its president Kathleen Kennedy, who has received an unending amount of s**t from fans. But two years later, what does she think of the movie as-is? Speaking with Rolling Stone, Kennedy was asked if they deliberate set out to challenge fans and their expectations.

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“We definitely did,” Kennedy told the outlet. “We’re talking all the time about how we move Star Wars forward and how we keep it relevant. Obviously, we don’t want to just keep making the same movie over and over again. So I agree with you. I mean, I love what Rian did. It’s an absolutely wonderful movie. I think he’s an extraordinary filmmaker. And I really appreciated the bold moves that he did make. I think people forget that, especially when you’re doing a trilogy structure, the first movie is setting things up, the second is usually the conflict, and the third is the resolution. So you’re bound to have that second movie, much the same way Empire Strikes Back was probably the darkest and most dramatic of the three. We talked about it with Indiana Jones! You know, we did Raiders of the Ark and then we did Temple of Doom, which was dark and created a lot of controversy, and people were surprised at where it went with the storytelling, but, frankly, that’s the whole point!”

While I’d argue that Temple of Doom is the weakest of the original Indiana Jones trilogy, I can see her point, and agree wholeheartedly. That being said, I know a lot of you don’t and will argue something along the lines of “we don’t mind our expectations being challenged, but we just want a good movie.” 

We can go back and forth all day on this thing until we’re blue in the face, but won’t it be a lot more fun to listen to us debate back and forth? LRM Online has been doing a series of podcasts following each film in the Star Wars franchise, and tomorrow, I will be arguing against resident The Last Jedi hater Cam Clark to discuss the film and why we feel the way we do.

Check it out in the SoundCloud profile below! It will be released in two parts starting tomorrow!

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SOURCE: Rolling Stone

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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