To kick off the movie expansion of the up dawg, Mr. Alex Goldberg (what a guy) asked me if I would like to put my movie reviews from my instagram on to here. Obliviously, I said yes, but if you follow me on instagram (bennyagoss btw), you will probably know that they are a tad bit short. So, what I will be doing full in-depth movie reviews here on the updawg. On the up dawg, I will also take suggestions of what movies you want me to watch and put them on here. sounds cool? Awesome, now let's get the point. I am starting with Rogue One: a Star Wars story because Rogue One was the first movie I ever reviewed on my Instagram (plus I love star wars). before I start, I just want to say two things. I am not going to cover everything in Rogue One there will be spoilers.
The movie is, as I believe, really good, and that is me being non biased. I was originally going to write just pretty good, but then I thought back to it, and the other 500 times I've seen it (yeah, I'm that type of Star Wars fan) and I knew this movie was better than just pretty good. For starters, the movie It is not hard to follow. Unlike some of the other Star Wars movies like The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, where it is really important that you see the other movies before, Rogue One is very easy to follow for casual movie goers, and there is added stuff in there for Star Wars fans too. I think a big reason for that is the characters. Jyn, Cassian, K-2SO are great protagonist. All three of them are very complex. Jyn is the daughter of an imperial scientist and was raised and trained by a rebel leader that is looked at as a terrorist to both the rebel alliance and the empire. Cassian blindly follows orders from the rebellion and ask second questions which causes him to do some terrible things. And finally, K-2SO. K-2SO is a reprogrammed imperial droid with a sarcastic sense of humor (well, that last one was not as complex as the others, but K-2 is so great).
The other people in the Rogue One group were great too, especially Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen. Chirrut is blind and a badass. He is not a Jedi, but he can use the force at a low level. His mantra is great too, "I am one with the force, and the force is with me."
Now, let's talk about the bad guy of the story, Director Orson Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn. He is a pretty good villain. He is arrogant and rude, and only wants to be in charge of the Death Star project. Darth Vader returned for this movie and he was great. He stole the show at the end with his infamous hallway scene. We also got to see Darth Vader in his castle in this movie which was great.
Jyn Erso's father, Galen Erso, who was the engineer behind was a pretty good character and was really the motivation for Jyn, but his best addition to the movie was clearing up a plot hole in Star Wars from all the way back to 1977. You see, why would the Empire have a dumb weakness in the Death Star that one small star fighter can blow up? Well, in Rogue One, we learn that it was put their on purpose from Galen Erso, so that the rebels could blow it up and destroy it. It clears up the plot hole very well.
The final battle in this movie is great. It is beach warfare on the planet of Scarif. It is super intense and action packed. Just reminding you again, SPOILERS AHEAD! The fact that all of the main characters die is great. All of them serve their purpose in the mission and sacrifice themselves. The ending is great too. The Darth Vader hallway scene is gold.
Ok, I have a couple issues with this movie (just a few).
the scenes on Eadu feel very slow. It is really slow compared to the rest of the movie.
Baze Malbus felt useless in the movie. He didn't really do much and didn't really need to be in the movie.
Tarkin and Leia felt weird. Obliviously, they both had to be in the movie since they were both very important around this period of Star Wars, but because there faces were made with CGI, they look weird and didn't feel right. I think many people also felt the same way.
Overall, it is a great movie, and I think it deserves a 9.25/10. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌘. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.