How to Improve Film and TV Criticism

Kelly Marie Tran attends the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in Los Angeles, December 16, 2019. (Phil McCarten/Reuters)
Start by abandoning the quantitative obsession with minority 'representation.'

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M arissa Martinelli has a peculiar criticism of the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise. The first sentence in her essay on the film reads: “Kelly Marie Tran has one minute and 16 seconds of screen time as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and no one has yet produced a convincing explanation for why that’s the case.”

I have “a convincing explanation for why that’s the case.” Kelly Marie Tran has one minute and 16 seconds of screen time because she has neither more nor less than that. Martinelli’s complaint leaves the moral demand unspoken in her opening, assuming, as

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