My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Review. None of the hooves, all of the charm.

So, MLP: EqG has finally been unleashed to the masses. Like many of my fellow Bronies, I went into this movie with both equal parts excitement and dread: Would it be good? Would it be bad? Would it be funny? Would it be a blatant, cynical cash-grab? Well, after seeing it, I can safely say that, yes, it is good. Not perfect, but most certainly a great flick, either with kids or without.

Story

The story takes place after the events of the season 3 finale where (spoiler alert), Twilight has become the newest princess of Equestria. She travels with her friends to the Crystal Empire, and not long after that, her crown (the Element of Magic) is stolen by Sunset Shimmer, a former student of Celestia. Twilight must follow Sunset through a magic mirror to another world, in order to recover the crown.

However, upon arrival to this new world, she finds herself transformed into a human, and must become the "princess" of the nearby school's dance in order to recover the crown.

The plot is fairly simple, but moves along nicely, and the film never feels like it's dragging. The strong writing and characterization the show is famous for is all present and accounted for. Even in another world, everyone acts more or less how you'd expect them to, and everything that's great about the characters in the show is what's great about the characters in the movie, too.

The story even has callbacks to the original 2-parter that started the entire series, and does so in ways that feel natural.

One of the funniest bits in the movie involves Twilight's adjustment to being a human instead of a pony, and it's funny every single time they make this joke. And don't worry, if you were a fan of this concept before the movie, there's plenty of it to go around.

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Sunset Shimmer does fall slightly into that "popular girl that hates the main character" trope that alot of high-school stories have, but fortunately, it's underlined with darker motives, with actual payoff in the end. Overall, the film has a notable lack of "high-school drama" garbage attached, except where actually appropriate for the story.

One clever bit of writing I'd like to highlight happens when we're first introduced to the "new" Pinkie Pie, where in a single line of dialogue, she explains: 1. Why all of the Mane 6 entering the portal to this new world would have been a bad idea (something that could have been a bit of a plot-hole otherwise), and 2. Setting up this new world for it's own possible spin-off show.

One aspect of the proceedings that caused alot of concern among the fans was the inclusion of a love interest for Twilight, Flash. Flash is one of the weaker aspects of the film, but I can't really hate him... mostly because it's really hard to hate a cardboard cutout with no personality. He's mostly just kind of there during the movie, but any scenes with him are short, and ultimately pointless. The best thing I can say about him is that he's easy to ignore, which he is. If you're THAT opposed to him, he probably won't affect your overall enjoyment of the film, and except for a MINOR IMPLICATION at the end of the flick, it's easy to just move past him and forget about him.

Animation

I'll admit, I wasn't quite sold on this new animation style before the movie came out. Especially based on the concept art and toys, it looked really odd to me. I can say with pleasure, then, that it looks MUCH better in-action than some of the trailers and art would have you believe. There's obviously been great care taken in making sure the Mane 6 are always appealing to look at. Everything's nice and bouncy and fun, and while slightly different from the show, it has merits in it's own way (sure as hell looks better than Johnny Test, that's for sure!).

In addition to the strong writing, there's plenty of the sight-gags and humorous facial expressions for all the Mane 6, yet another thing that the show is good at, that translates into the film.

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There's also lots of "humanizations" of characters from the show walking around, more than the trailers let on. I won't dare spoil them, but keep your eyes peeled for a few chuckle-inducing cameos.

My only gripe in this regard is that slightly less care was given to the backround characters. While the Mane 6 always look good, you'll occasionally have those awkward moments where the backround characters just look strange. They're in the relative minority, but still worth noting, regardless.

Sound

The characters are all voiced by their voice-actors from the show. Frankly, that's all I should have to say on the matter. Everyone sounds great, the acting is great, what else do you want?

As for the music, Daniel Ingram once again lends his musical talents to the proceedings, and the songs are more-or-less as good as you've come to expect of the series. Granted, the songs are a bit more "Pop-y" than you're probably used to from the show, but they're good songs regardless.

Final Thoughts

Is Equestria Girls a perfect movie? It is not. The love interest is entirely superfluous, the backround characters are occasionally jarring, and the ending feels a bit like the writers pulled it straight out of their butts at the last second.

But is Equestria Girls an entertaining flick with buckets of charm? That, it most certainly is. Everything you love about the show is here, from the memorable characters, to the excellent humor and appealing animation.

If you're a gung-ho hater of this, based solely on the concept alone, then Equestria Girls probably won't change your mind. But if you've even got one foot on the fence, then it's hard to see how you wouldn't be able to find SOMETHING of merit about it.

And as one last thought, I'll say that I was prepared to be angry at this movie for one thing. However, I stuck around to the end of the credits, and was rewarded for my patience. Yes, this movie has a Marvel-style end credit thing for you to look out for. Fans will be pleased.

I won't give a score, but I will say that fans with an open mind should DEFINITELY check this out.

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Well, I have to admit I really didn't see that coming. But given a show aimed at young girls managed it to conquer the hearts of grown men, I'm probably more surprised than I should be.

I'll try to get my hands at a copy from...you know, sources.

Seriously, you made me curious and the movie doesn't run here. And even if, the German voice actors are abominable.

DON'T BLAME ME!

Hm... I will have to check it out once it's on Netflix or DVD. I am still skeptical because imo the Human designs are still really really bad even if they do look fine in motion.

I also rather enjoyed it when I went with my friends today. Really grew to like the style, seems to have changed from the concepts at least, thank god.

Good review, and I was of the same opinion.

I'll admit I thought this was going to bad. Although I haven't seen it myself it seems everyone's consensus ranges from 'has some stupid/sucky parts but overall decent you probably won't hate it' to 'it's pretty damn good.' I glad that it turned out that way. It speaks bounds about the skill and passion of the folks involved in the creation that they were able to make such a alienating premise work. I guess this means I'll be seeing it when it comes out on TV or internet or wherever.
Of course there is always the chance that I'll dislike it regardless of its reception. It has happened before, there are some things that I disliked that most others adore. But from what I've of the movie, it seems that if I do end up disliking it then it will be because it's not my cup of tea rather then because of poor quality (and I can live with that).
So to end a pretty long comment glad to see the show maintains its lovable characters and overall quality.

Edit: Also, I hate the idea of that love interest and it seems the movie has done nothing to change that for others. *groan* Sorry, I felt like I needed to say that lest my irritation boil over.

Ah lucky You got to see it, it's not playing anywhere near me. One of the downsides of living in a small town. Not rural just a small place.

Glad to see a fan liked it though gives me hope for it, I don't want it to replace MLP (even though the third season was 'meh') But I'm open to new takes. The animation looked fun, one thing that bugs me though and this is a continuation of his abuse...is spike. Why oh why is he a dog? Spike was Twilight's only friend before she went to ponyville, he's the only really main male character. And lets not forget that he is kinda the one that saved the crystal empire...god forbid they invite him to a celebration in said empire...(cusses incoherently about that) but he deserves better treatment than being a damn dog in this alternate universe. And also...yeah I guessed the 'love interest' wouldn't work they didn't do it in the show for a reason.

Hmm...

I'll admit, I was trying to ignore this for the sake of keeping my head down from the storms that are already raging over this movie. Hearing that it's actually somewhat good was not something I expected. I might actually have to see this now.

leet_x1337:
Hmm...

I'll admit, I was trying to ignore this for the sake of keeping my head down from the storms that are already raging over this movie. Hearing that it's actually somewhat good was not something I expected. I might actually have to see this now.

I concur. I was seriously afraid that the movie was gonna fail, since "Highschool Drama Spin-off" is a concept that is both stereotypical and very easy to mess up. Judging by the OP's review, however, it looks like that isn't the case and it's gonna be worth watching. You don't even know how relieved I am.

Still not gonna watch it in cinemas, however. Don't take this the wrong way; it's just that I embarrass easily in public. Maybe if I wore an Organisation XIII-style black cloak to the theatre...

Battleaxx90:

leet_x1337:
Hmm...

I'll admit, I was trying to ignore this for the sake of keeping my head down from the storms that are already raging over this movie. Hearing that it's actually somewhat good was not something I expected. I might actually have to see this now.

I concur. I was seriously afraid that the movie was gonna fail, since "Highschool Drama Spin-off" is a concept that is both stereotypical and very easy to mess up. Judging by the OP's review, however, it looks like that isn't the case and it's gonna be worth watching. You don't even know how relieved I am.

Still not gonna watch it in cinemas, however. Don't take this the wrong way; it's just that I embarrass easily in public. Maybe if I wore an Organisation XIII-style black cloak to the theatre...

Heh, it's funny, you actually just reminded me of something that happened when I went to see it.

Now, when I went to my showing, I was dressed MOSTLY normally. Aside from a Derpy button, I looked more like a biker than a brony. However, there was a relatively-large group there who were VERY obviously of the brony persuasion. Then, a girl, no more than 7 or so, and her dad, entered the theater. After they sat down, the girl said to her dad, "Wow dad, there sure are alot of bronies here today!".

I just found that hysterical.

You know, I would of thought EternalNothingness would of been the one who made a review on this movie (given his "passion" toward the show) or even Theboy88 so this was this was quite suprising.

I will check out the movie when I can as I am compel to see it through much to my dismay toward it.

YOU. YOU MADE ME GIVE THIS A CHANCE.

HOW COULD YOU DO SUCH A THING?

Dangit2019:
YOU. YOU MADE ME GIVE THIS A CHANCE.

HOW COULD YOU DO SUCH A THING?

Opinions. You have them. I have them. Ours, apparently, do not coincide.

Also, I read that review you posted. I'm not usually one to critique other people's reviews, but yours frankly came off more like a long-winded rant than an examination of the faults and merits of the movie. It also seems like you were more than prepared to hate the movie before you even went to see it. Like I said in my own review, if you were already so opposed to the concept before seeing it, Equestria Girls probably wasn't going to change your mind.

I'm not saying you're wrong for not liking the movie. I'm saying you're wrong for holding me accountable for you not liking a movie you knew you weren't going to like in the first place.

Leemaster777:

Dangit2019:
YOU. YOU MADE ME GIVE THIS A CHANCE.

HOW COULD YOU DO SUCH A THING?

Opinions. You have them. I have them. Ours, apparently, do not coincide.

Also, I read that review you posted. I'm not usually one to critique other people's reviews, but yours frankly came off more like a long-winded rant than an examination of the faults and merits of the movie. It also seems like you were more than prepared to hate the movie before you even went to see it. Like I said in my own review, if you were already so opposed to the concept before seeing it, Equestria Girls probably wasn't going to change your mind.

I'm not saying you're wrong for not liking the movie. I'm saying you're wrong for holding me accountable for you not liking a movie you knew you weren't going to like in the first place.

Actually, I went into the movie expecting 7/10 quality. And I was joking just now.

I'm convinced that this film is a deliberate troll of the 'brony' fanbase.

And that alone has me interested enough to see it.

EDIT: Where is this movie available anyway, online? I've seen zero conventional promotion of this film, so I'm kinda curious.

Mahoshonen:
I'm convinced that this film is a deliberate troll of the 'brony' fanbase.

And that alone has me interested enough to see it.

EDIT: Where is this movie available anyway, online? I've seen zero conventional promotion of this film, so I'm kinda curious.

It had a limited theatrical release, and is currently slated to be released on DVD on August 6th.

It's also been leaked online through various sources and sites (although only in shitty handheld-theater cam versions). So, there's that if you're that interested in seeing it.

Watched the movie yesterday, and I'm pretty disappointed.

While it's not a complete trainwreck and certainly has its moments (most of which include Pinkie Pie), it has way too many flaws to be considered good or just decent.

Despite the premise being not too promising to begin with, the entire story seems terribly rushed and predictable, there are lots of plotholes and at times, the characters act outright stupid.

It could have been worse, but it's still pretty bad.

Leemaster777:

Mahoshonen:
I'm convinced that this film is a deliberate troll of the 'brony' fanbase.

And that alone has me interested enough to see it.

EDIT: Where is this movie available anyway, online? I've seen zero conventional promotion of this film, so I'm kinda curious.

It had a limited theatrical release, and is currently slated to be released on DVD on August 6th.

It's also been leaked online through various sources and sites (although only in shitty handheld-theater cam versions). So, there's that if you're that interested in seeing it.

I watched it on YouTube and was lucky enough to have it taken down ten minutes before the end. I had to watch the last ten minutes in a phone video that was taken in a wrong angle. :D

 

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