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Ben Kendrick

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Managing Editor — Screen Rant
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Managing Editor of, head film critic, and host of the Screen Rant Podcast, Ben Kendrick is a graduate of the New School’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Ben has been passionate about movies ever since standing in line for a midnight showing of Indiana Jones and th...

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That said, for now, you can be Chewie and I’ll be this porg. Just brush me aside for a bit. I’m excited for more people to see and enjoy #TheLastJedi.
To be clear: I’m not saying fellow film journos are wrong for loving #TheLastJedi. There’s a lot to live. I just think second viewings may highlight some problems that are easy to gloss over because of how bright the great parts shine. But those problems are still big problems.
I’m going to catch hell for even suggesting #TheLastJedi isn’t as earth shattering as some have said but I’m seeing a lot of “It’s not perfect but I loved it” reviews that sidestep some pretty big problems that I’d still love to see unpacked.
Fans should be excited because #TheLastJedi is a ton of fun with loads of fan service and non-fans will still have plenty to enjoy but I’m more interested in the post-release deep dives than this initial wave of enthusiasm. There’s a lot to discuss/debate.
True Story: I liked (a lot) but didn’t LOVE #TheLastJedi. #ComeAtMe #UnpopularOpinion. I think nostalgia and several great moments/choices have managed to woo people away from addressing some pretty clumsy character arcs that would, in any other franchise, be torn to shreds.
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