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29 July 2013

MOVIE REVIEW - EQUESTRIA GIRLS


After weeks and weeks of just working on commissions, shaking the stylus left and right, and pretty much being incapable of working on this here blog I have finally gathered  a few extra minutes and just sat down, put on my Brony gear again to watch “Equestria Girls”, and boy, I really don’t know how to start with this one.

I mean, oh my God. This movie might very well be the biggest pile of diarrhoea pony shit I have ever seen in my whole life.

Gotcha!
Not really, quite far from it actually. However, something tells me that’s what you’d expect me to say, right? It’s taken me so long to finally get to this movie that maybe some of you might expected me to go all sour and angry at it, and probably hating it for  other several reasons people hated it, like Flash Sentry, the excess of fan service, or how it doesn’t tie at all with the actual show at all. But none of these things affected my opinion of  the movie, despite me having my own gripes with it, and we will go through those later, but for now here’s my TL;DR for those of you who are lazy and don’t feel like reading.

Equestria Girls, it’s a pretty good movie, much better than I expected, I enjoyed, and I think I want to watch it again, despite some of the big flaws in it. If you want to find out why, then please keep on reading.

Or make a book bed out of it, whatever you choose is fine.
The story revolves around Twilight Sparkle, now with newly obtained wings after a treatment at the M.A. Larson Academy for Wingless Ponies, coming to the Crystal Empire along with her other five friends and trusty assistant Spike. Why they are here it’s never explained, but then again that’s not the focus of the movie. During the first night Twilight gets her crown stolen by Celestia’s former student Sunset Shimmer (somebody at Hasbro was having a laugh with this name) and thrown into a mirror that takes her to another dimension where everyone is a human. In order to recover the crown Twilight has to get into this world, get used to its customs, get in high school, become friends with the alternate versions of her pony friends, and win a contest to become Princess of the Ball. Once she does all of these things she confronts Sunset Shimmer in a battle during which Twilight manages to summon the power of the Elements of Harmony. She defeats Shimmer, recovers the crown, and comes back home with the certainty that both worlds will be safe from the forces of evil.

Seems simple enough, and it is simple enough. If I was to compare this movie with something, or make a diagram to classify where each aspect of this movie belongs to, I’d say this film is one part My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, one part High School Musical, one part Sailor Moon and one part Shin Megami Tensei. I’m pretty sure more than one of you are not seeing that last one. The My Little Pony part is pretty obvious, as well as the High School Musical one (pretty much because it’s a musical that takes place in a high school), and I’m sure you can perfectly see the magical girl combined with transformation scenes and fighting demons part that belongs to Sailor Moon, but the Shin Megami Tensei part? Well, if you’ve played any of the Persona: Shin Megami Tensei games you might realise that in many (if not all) of them involve a new coming teenage student, that arrives to a new high school, and has to forge bonds of friendship with other students in order to unleash their inner power so they can defeat an all powerful demon. So, yeah, that sounds an awful lot like this movie’s plot, doesn’t it?

PERSONA!
There are things that work really well, and others that kind of fall flat on its nose, like every other movie of course, but what is the balance between the good and the bad? Let’s find out.

For starters, that intro is pretty cool. I am one of those who also jokes that the music sounds like a remix made by Tombstone or Alex S, and that the animation is so hip and so cinematic that makes me forget about that nagging issue. I heard some people say that in this fandom we could’ve put that animation together in a much better way, and to those who say that I have nothing but a slap in the face. Comparing animation styles is fowl, don’t do that. It’s a good intro, and it looks really neat. It flows great and puts you in the mood for what’s about to come. It’s the perfect into for the story, and introduces the characters and what they do neatly, and artistically.

Especially artistically, with Ze Megicks!
For one I think that the narrative is brilliant. It’s not the whole “Transform into a human when going through a mirror and recover your crown” storyline, but more the “Character out of its element” story. In this movie Twilight experiences a big change in her body, and then gets into high school’s life, which is also a big step forward. Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like puberty? When all of a sudden your body becomes this freakish thing you don’t know how to make it work, and to top it all off in the awkward scale you have to share your life eight hours a day with a bunch of jerks who have no idea how to make their bodies and personalities work? I think that’s where this movie’s narrative shines so bright. Twilight is not only a nerdy girl, and already socially awkward on its own, but she’s also suffering a full body alteration, not to mention the whole disaster she must stop before it happens, so there’s a lot of pressure put on her shoulders, and even though you don’t feel it all the time it’s still there.

I've never been attacked by the shadows so much ever since I played "Amnesia"
The acting and the characters are all pretty good, but then again this is kind of given. There’s not a moment where I felt the voices were off, or that the characters that were supposed to be likable were not. I know that pretty much everybody knows this and agrees with this, but for the sake of clarity I’m throwing that out there. However, I have to bring up a couple of characters that stood out for me.

Believe me or not, I think Spike was awesome in this movie. I have no strong feelings towards the little dragon in the actual show, as he has as many good moments as he has bad ones, and sometimes his obsession with Rarity makes me look humble in comparison, but in this movie he is brilliant. Cathy Weseluck’s acting does a lot for this, Spike as a dog is both adorable and makes for great comedy with some memorable expressions. The animation opens for all types of slapstick jokes. He is snarky, he is sarcastic, he is always ready with a comment, and he keeps Twilight’s spirits up. He does feel a bit useless from time to time, like when towards the end of the movie he gets kidnapped for no reason, but every other time he is as useful as a little talking dog can be.

Do I put on the Pompadour, or should I put on the Captain Price?
Another character that surprised me a lot was the human version of Fluttershy. Now, once again, those who know me know that she is my least favourite out of the Mane Six, which is like saying that out of the hours of the day my least favourite one is half past seven. I never felt much for her as a pony, but she is one of those characters that when turned into a human it works really well! She looks, acts, and feels like she belongs into a Japanese anime. She’s cute and soft spoken, but she does have a couple of confidence outbursts, and best of all she doesn’t rage or turns psycho at any point in the movie. That, I can’t be more thankful for. I thought they were going to screw it up and that they were going to have her break something, or shout at somebody, or be nasty, or something, but they didn’t. Thank you, that is so good of you not to keep recreating on the whole “Psycho-Shy” persona.

This expression in particular made me pause the video in laughter.
Twilight Sparkle’s acting when in the human world was both quirky, and unique. I don’t think there was a point they didn’t cover about how jarring the human world would be a to a pony trapped in a human body. The way she starts right away not knowing how to act with her fingers, or how her muzzle has shortened to a small, stumpy nose are adorable and kind of terrifying too. When she starts trotting and then wobbles towards the steps is also a memorable moment of her lack of control over her new form. Maybe the moment where she starts “typing” on the keyboard with her fists closed is kind of going too far and feels awkward in the wrong way, but I won’t fault it for showing she still has a lot to learn.

I was expecting to hate Sunset Shimmer, especially since I do have a story of hating villains that just pass for mere bullies. Shimmer spends the big majority of the film just trying to give Twilight a bad rep, flaming her for some vandalism she didn’t do, or downright assaulting her in the high school hallways. It’s not until the end of the movie where she turns fully evil due to the crown mixing with her own inner corrupted soul, which is more like the type of villain I like, you know like Chrysalis, or Nightmare Moon. However, Rebecca Shoichet has so much fun giving voice to this character that it’s contagious. I started hating her, but then she grew on me and now I quite enjoy how bitchy and dominant she is. She is a fun villain, and when she becomes all evil and powerful she’s even more fun, and quite creepy. Not Chrysalis-Creepy, but creepy enough to send a tingle or two down my spine.

I'm gonna wreck it!!!
I think the point where people seem to be more divided on is on whether Flash Sentry is a good character or a bad character. To be honest, he doesn’t have much going for him. He’s a nice guy, he’s a bit clumsy, he’s a bit bland, he’s a bit of everything in the book, except for the negative chapter, which he seems to have none of. Your opinion of Flash Sentry is most likely going to depend on whether or not his lack of flaws annoys you. Personally, it doesn’t annoy me, so I actually kind of like him. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I like Princess Cadance so much too. Also, he has a bitching Camaro guys, I swear I thought that thing was going to turn into an actual Transformer.

As for the rest of the characters that I did enjoy I think we could count Pinkie Pie and Applejack out of the rest of the Humanized Mane Six. They seemed to be the most normal, yes even for Pinkie Pie. Applejack was direct, hard working, and pretty much her usual self, while Pinkie Pie was a complete riot. Nothing about anything seemed to phase her, and her reactions to Twilight’s behaviour had me in stitches more than once. She alone has one of the best scenes of the entire movie, which I will discuss later on. As for background characters I think it’s pretty pointless for me to gush over them, since almost half the fandom already has. It was awesome to see Vinyl Scratch hanging around with her wubs, or the Cutie Mark Crusaders watching the reactions to their YouTube video, Granny Smith being a perfect spot on lunch lady, Photo Finish with her camera, or Derpy hanging out with the credits and a muffin. While these cameos have zero weight on the story and add nothing they don’t detract nothing from it either, and I count myself amongst the fans that find them welcoming.

How many times I told you, the library's computer is not for watching "Littlest Pet Shop" episodes on YouTube!
Besides the characters, I liked how straight forward the movie is. It has a good rhythm and a good pacing, and that comes thanks to the extra length given the format. It feels like the story can breathe and develop itself naturally, and knows how much time it has to dedicate to each part. I would say that towards the end it rushes the battle sequence a bit too much, but for me that’s not actually that big of an issue. There is a scene half way through that appears in every single high school drama movie, and that is the scene where Twilight gets blamed from destroying the decorations thanks to some altered photographs. For a moment I thought that the movie was going to dwell on this for longer than it should, but it actually gets resolved in like one minute. It still has some stench of bullshit around it, but it’s so minor I barely even noticed it. I hate it when movies make you waste time and artificially make scenes longer just to fill in for time, so to see a movie that’s not afraid of cutting time on the typical clich├ęs is pretty refreshing.

The writing is one thing that I also really enjoyed. It’s not that the entire movie is written so well it’s going to win awards, or even cover well enough the fact that this is a one hour long commercial for Hasbro’s New IP. Many of the scenes in this movie have “Batteries not included” written all over it, as well as “Hat goes on the head” or “More than fifty accessories!” or “Children 5 and older”. However, it doesn’t do anything to cover this either. It knows what it is, and like so Meghan McCarthy approaches it in the best way she can. I didn’t feel insulted at any moment of the film, though it takes a lot to make me feel insulted (usually “Prometheus” and “A Sound of Thunder” do the trick very well). I was concerned because I like McCarthy’s work, especially during the half way of Season 2 and her story editing work in Season 3, so I had no idea how she’d fare writing something this long, and if she could manage to throw in some of her personal touch. I am happy to say that the script does feel like her usual work, to the point that I managed to find two gems of hers in this movie’s script.

Only two!? Why, aren't we something picky!
The first one I already foreshadowed, it’s the scene where Twilight confesses to her new human friends that she is actually a Pony Princess from another world, but before she can say a word Pinkie Pie rushes in and reveals the whole thing by herself, and when Rainbow Dash is about to discredit her Spike chimes in with a really snarky: “Nope, she pretty much nailed it”. This scene is brilliant. It shows how Pinkie Pie’s human self is aware of the other dimension, how accepting Twilight’s new friends are of her real origin, and how the chemistry between the characters can do for such good comedy. It breaks the so annoying and unnecessary “Liar revealed” trope that I hate so much, something that Meghan already did with “Sweet and Elite”.

The second scene that I love comes near the end, before the final confrontation between the devil Sunset Shimmer and the Humanized Mane Six. Shimmer is holding a fucking sledgehammer and threats Twilight with destroying the mirror into pieces if she doesn’t give her the crown. So what does Twilight Sparkle do? What does she do when this villain threats with destroying her only means to go back home? She says no.

That’s right.

I can't hear you over the sound of how badass I am.
She stands her ground, puts on the crown, and says no. She’d rather be stuck forever in this world to make sure everything is alright, than leaving it under the threat of a power hungry despot like Sunset Shimmer. That was fantastic. That truly is awesome writing. It puts Twilight in the spotlight as a responsible leader ready to make sacrifices and that knows how to stand her ground. If you are undecided to watch this movie, this scene alone deserves giving it a pass, it’s so well written and so well paced it’s amazing. Once again, Meghan McCarthy showing her skills.

Okay, enough of this praising, talk about the bad parts!
Okay, I think I’ve ridden the gushing and compliment train for far too long, it’s time to bring in the points that either didn’t click well with me, or that just felt downright off, and believe me, if it looks like I am praising this movie there are quite a few things that I have problems with.

For starters, I think every other character that I haven’t mentioned is not interesting enough. Rainbow Dash is as flat as some people portray her in this fandom. It is true that it takes half of the movie to arrive to her, but all there is to her character is that she is awesome and loves sports. As much as it hurts me, the same thing happens with Rarity. We know next to nothing about her but that she loves clothes and considers Spike to be really cute. I couldn’t believe they managed to make my favourite character to sound so boring, but there you have it. Sunset Shimmer’s sidekicks Snips and Snails seem uninspired and quite boring. This one wouldn’t bother me so much if it wasn’t because they had so much potential to be another couple of funny bullies, like Bulk and Skull from Power Rangers, but in the end they are more like The Nasties from Never-ending Story 3. But I think the two characters that I just find absolutely uninteresting and boring as all get out are Principal Celestia and Vice-Principal Luna. These two have no business being in this movie. They are there just to show that this High School has a Celestia and a Luna alternates, and they add nothing to the story.

Do you mind? I'm too busy being useless over here.
The only thing they contribute to in this movie is having some of the ugliest character designs I have seen in a while. Don’t get me wrong, when the character design works, it really works. Fluttershy looks great, and so do Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Sunset Shimmer, and especially Spike, but when the designs don’t work they really don’t work. I’ve found this issue is more present in characters that have lips instead of a line for a mouth. It gives me a very uncanny valley feel that irks me, it feels wrong, like they don’t belong there.

Speaking of things that don’t belong there, another thing that disappointed me greatly are the character names. I know this is an animated movie and you want to keep it streamlined and somewhat attached to the original IP this is based on, but it sounds really weird to have humans named Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash running around. I bring this up because one of my friends commented me that the humanized versions of each pony were going to have human names, different from their pony names. So when I saw that the human ponies have the same pony names my disappointment grew tenfold. It does make for some good jokes here and there though, but still I would’ve preferred a more human focused character naming.

My real maiden name is Ramona Rarita Ratona.
This next point is going to make me get some enemies, and I am going to own for it, so I will just say that I didn’t find the music all that inspiring. The only song that really got me is the cafeteria song, because of how well choreographed it is, and how much of an earworm the tune is. I swear, I will be singing and humming that song for a long time. But the rest of the songs aren’t all that catchy, and two of them happen within the time span of five minutes. I was getting out of one song, and before one minute passed I got whiplashed with another one! It felt rushed, and a bit unnecessary. Also, the soundtrack gets wat too smarty pants from the very beginning. With this I mean that if the scene is whimsical, it goes over the top whimsy, and if the scene is sad it goes over the top gloomy. I hate soundtracks that force me to feel something, instead of just letting the emotions flow naturally.

Speaking of natural flow, one thing that kind of disappointed me was the animation. Like I said, there are scenes where the animation is as good as DHX has put together. The animation in Spike feels good, and it has some really neat quirks, like when he walks in a circle before going to sleep, or his endless facial expressions. But when some of the humans move they do so like they are robots, and I am going to blame the character design for this once more. The long legs and wonky arms are what look so off when the characters run. In characters that are short or stumpy this works fine, but with the elongated ones it feels problematic, at least for me.

You know, sometimes not even then it fully works.
But, if there is one major issue I have with this movie, that’s the issue of how I perceive what’s telling, how, and how much. Allow me to clarify.

This movie has a case of giving a lot of new information for people who aren’t fans of the franchise, and a lot of old information for people who know too much about it. A newcomer to My Little Pony, and more important a newcomer to Equestria Girls, when looking at the intro of the movie will be making a lot of legitimate questions. What is the Crystal Empire? Who are these six ponies? Why does one have wings and a horn? Why hasn’t she got used to her wings yet? Why are there other three ponies with wings and horns? Hardcore fans of the show know the answers to all these questions, but what about the new fans? Right there the movie neglects them and doesn’t explain anything to them. But when it comes to giving new things to hardcore fans it kind of falls flat as well. All that we are told is that Sunset Shimmer was Celestia’s former student, and that she is envious of Twilight Sparkle. Oh, and in the human world Twilight develops a crush on a guy called Flash Sentry that then has a pony counterpart in Equestria. What is the substance of all this? How does this carry on in the characters into the actual show? Well, according to Meghan McCarthy, this movie doesn’t have anything to do with the actual show! So what’s the point of all of it!? Well, the point is the point that it was always going to have: To sell this new IP. It can be doing it good, it can be doing it bad, but it’s doing it, and there is nothing we can do to stop it.

Each doll sold separately, villains not included.
Now you’ve seen what I like and I didn’t like, and to be honest with you they seem quite equal when I think about it. So, how is it possible that I enjoy this movie’s good aspects so much when it actually has such heavy issues? How come a movie that’s so balanced in the good and the bad instead of being just “Meh!” for me it actually falls in the category of “Okay going to Pretty Good”? I think this is because this movie relies heavily on details. Every single scene, every single frame, and every single moment has something happening either in the background or in the foreground that either takes a chuckle out of me or gives me a gentle thrill. Are these details good and strong enough for me to consider this movie holds up just based on them alone? Well, when you have a guy dancing the Gangman Style, The Great and Powerful Trixie demanding some peanut butter crackers, or Spike building a book bed for Twilight to sleep in, I think these details are indeed strong enough to hold the movie on their own, at least for me.

This guy alone holds more than half the movie together, that's how awesome he is.
So, bottom line, you can count me into the group of people who actually enjoyed this movie. Yes, it has flaws and they are not exactly small, but they are not deal breakers for me and they don’t get in the way for me to enjoy the bigger picture. If anything I’d be willing the count it amongst my guilty pleasures, right next to all the Transformers movies directed by Michael Bay and Battleship. That’s a funny thought that hasn’t occurred to me. Out of all the Hasbro properties that have been turned into movies lately, this one seems to be the first one to have the least amount of hate from fans, and the highest audience score in Rotten Tomatoes. So all I can say for those who didn’t like it is: “Hey guys, at least Shia LeBouf wasn’t in it! We could’ve done so much worse!

14 comments:

  1. When I wrote my review of EG, I was planning to write an intro similar to the one you wrote, probably for the same intentions that you had.

    Well played, by the way.

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  2. I think you underestimate the ability of non-fans to extrapolate details. Who cares what the Crystal Empire is (none of the characters even mention it)? These six ponies are friends, and the protagonist is a newly crowed princess. With all the wings and horns going around, nobody's going to notice that the four princess have both but others don't. She obviously received wings recently, because magical ponies. Etc.

    Details like that don't really matter. The plot can be easily followed without knowing anything of the show. In fact, in you're a fan, the triumph over Sunset Shimmer makes absolutely no sense because it directly contradicts the show, but a non-fan wouldn't think twice about it.

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  3. I kinda want to post the link to my review here, but I feel like I would be stealing your spotlight, so here's a couple of bullet points from it:

    -I agree that the biggest fault is that this seems to be strictly a fan-only affair and it doesn't do much to introduce MLP to non-fans, but I thought it was a smart idea to keep EG as a modest release rather than blow it up into a giant event. This way, the people that care about the series can seek it out and we don't have to watch this getting ripped apart by the more mainstream media.
    -Sunset Shimmer is a good villain, but she also brings a lot of problems, mostly a number of plot threads that either don't go anywhere and feel like missed potential for character development (like being Celestia's former student and Flash's ex-girlfriend) or aren't fully explained (the use of magical artifacts outside of Equestria). Still, she's the first villain in the series to rely more on tenacity and wit rather than power, and also the first to attempt to get rid of Twilight and friends permanently. That's the sort of evil MLP hasn't really seen before.
    -Snips and Snails can suck it.
    -Flash Sentry is awesome because he's not afraid to dork it up with Twilight. Also, his very presence makes Twilight significantly more adorkable.
    -I like the human designs. They're appropriately cute and look great in motion.
    -I too was dissappointed by the lack of human names (If I recal correctly, the names would've been Paulina Pettiffer, Amelia Jems, Roxy Dodgers, Rowelina Beatle, and Faith Summers).
    -The cafeteria song, and maybe also the Big Night song, are the best songs. The others are a bit forgettable.
    -I like the idea of Principal Celestia being very dry and, for a lack of a better term, serious as opposed to the more benevolent and tender Princess version.
    -Spike the Dog rules.
    -This movie makes me want to have Meghan McCarthy write another Pinkie Pie episode.
    -I'm on the side that liked the cameos and shout-outs to previous episodes.
    -The climax of the film gave me a scene I've been dying to see in MLP for a long time ("She has us").
    -I like to think that with this movie, we get to see that now that Twilight is a princess, she's still going to need her friends, perhaps more than ever.
    -I'm a bit bummed out about how this won't have any impact on the rest of the series, which means that it immmediately negates the potential of characters like Sunset and Flash from ever showing up again.
    -Overall, I feel that this stays true to the series it's based on in terms of character and tone. Despite it's flaws, it holds up very well. I would describe this film as "better than the sum of its parts".

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  4. Super "Meh, was ok" movie. I'm glad I watched it, but I can't say it's something I'd ever revisit.

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  5. In my opinion, Flash Sentry's car looked more like a Ford Mustang, which would make sense considering that "Mustang" is a type of horse.

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  6. I had this movie sitting around on my computer for a few weeks now and it was just a few days ago that I finally got around to watching it. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. I had seen the poll on EQD mentioning that most people actually liked the movie but I was still thinking it was going to be something I would have to just get through (sort of like Over A Barrel). Instead I got a pretty dang good movie.

    I never really thought about it until you explained it but you're right. Spike is freaking awesome in this movie and he does hold a lot of it together. It was good seeing him doing what he does best and that's helping Twilight keep perspective and being funny along the way. It shows that we need a good Spike episode when I can sit here and say that I think he was better in this movie than in any episode focused on him in the main show. It was cool spying all the other ponies in their human forms such as Granny Smith or a few others. The CMC listening to their terrible song in the library was great.

    Really the only negatives I had about the movie were minor ones. I didn't think that the pony names made sense to be using for the human names, I'm not a fan of Flash Sentry in that at the end Twilight basically had a crush on him. So glad this isn't canon. My only other gripe is that in the transformation sequence during the final battle I think that Rarity and Twilight should have gotten horns. After all, Fluttershy and Rainbow got wings so why not give the unicorn and alicorn a horn?

    The music I thought was very well done and a lot better than I expected it to be. The cafeteria song is probably my favorite and the song where they are cleaning the gym my only complaint about it is that it's too short. The other songs, while ok, were either forgettable or also too short but they were still not bad.

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  7. Something I'm surprised people don't bring up more often is that Sunset Shimmer willingly frees Spike even when he could still be useful for her, claiming that she "is not a monster". I guess it was meant to show that her devil for is not actually her true self.

    My favourite scenne has to be when those first two guys decide to help with cleaning up the gym, they are both carring a table toguether... and then Applejack passes them while effortlessly carring a similar table by herself! You show them, Applejack.


    And those who felt the clothes and misc weren't inspired enough, here is your chance to rectify it:
    http://www.starsue.net/game/Equestria_Girls_Twilight_Sparkle.html
    http://www.starsue.net/game/Equestria_Girls_Pinkie_Pie.html
    http://www.starsue.net/game/Equestria_Girls_Applejack.html
    http://www.starsue.net/game/Equestria_Girls_Rainbow_Dash.html
    http://www.starsue.net/game/Equestria_Girls_Rarity.html
    http://www.starsue.net/game/Equestria_Girls_Fluttershy.html

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  8. One of the best movies this year so far.

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  9. Not the best movie I've ever seen, and of course not the best thing about the show by far (even it's just a spin-off), but still enjoyable. I liked it.

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  10. I like how the film seeks to actively avoid falling into many of the typical trappings of a high school setting and instead focuses on Twilight's journey/survival in this new world. The plot is less about Twilight learning to fit into high school and more about getting what she needs on time. The only time the story deals with a typical high school trope is when it deals with the subject of popularity. Instead of focusing in the more superficial aspects of popularity (such as simply obtaining it), the plot deals with what can be done with popularity. The Princess of the Fall Formal is in and off itself a popularity contest, but it's been dominated by Sunset Shimmer, who holds a stranglehold on the prize because everyone is too intimidated to compete against her. While that makes her popular by default, it's through Twilight that the film delivers its message about how being popular is not just about having others respect you out of fear or dread, that you don't have to be a jerk to be popular. You can make people rally behind you if you show them that you are a good person and prove that you are a leader worth getting behind, which is what Twilight does; First with her friends and then with the rest of the school. It's through this approach that the film ties itself into Twilight becoming more confident about being a princess.

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  11. These two GIFs are sorta relevant and also maybe my new favorite thing ever. You're welcome.

    http://31.media.tumblr.com/81760483bf76e05eed5f9089fe511b16/tumblr_mqoqh47b6Q1r1nl1zo1_400.gif
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/bc9f88a7a207b201d3c480c9c212ff36/tumblr_mqln3jGs4a1qzkiifo1_500.gif

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  12. With all due respect, I'm gonna have to seriously disagree with one of your points.

    That is, while I get why you praise Twilight for standing her ground, I just remember listening to her say how Equestria will find a way to keep going without her or her element and thinking, "Um. No. Just look at what's happened before. Equestria's pretty much screwed without you, Princess-slash-Element Bearer."

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    1. Twilight was playing a bluff, which is exactly what Sunset Shimmer was doing. Twilight's bluff was better, so Sunset Shimmer had no option but to resort to violence, after she couldn't humiliate Twilight by forcing her to give the crown away.

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  13. Thought I'd just leave this here as an interesting ALTERNATE point-of-view review) As for me I'm somewhere in the middle here - not great, far from, but still okay to watch knowing why it happened in the first place.
    http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/183074/equestria-girls-review

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