By: Reel 127 (Four Beers) –
I need to start with a full disclosure here. I’ve been a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic since 2011. This movie has been a long time coming for fans of the show. I had an odd feeling of excitement going into this. Yet I still wasn’t expecting much from it.
Twilight Sparkle is the princess of friendship in the land of Equestria, where small equines populate the land. Just as the Friendship Festival is set to begin a mysterious invader called the Storm King arrives to rule over Equestria. It’s up to Twilight and her friends to save the day by going on an “epic adventure” across the land. Along the way they meet all kinds of celebrity guests to help them in defeating the Storm King.
Going into this movie I was very conflicted. I didn’t want to automatically enjoy it because of fond memories from when I first fell for the show. But even when I tried to watch this subjectively I still had a lot of fun with it. The people who made this clearly put plenty of love into it. The songs were well done, a couple of which I found myself humming as I left the theater. The animation was very pleasing; despite the bright colors it never became a sensory overload. The new characters who were added for this movie felt fleshed out even if their screen presences were short. And for fans of the show it was a nice treat to see the main characters on the big screen.
Kristin Chenoweth was the most perfect addition possible.
This is film. Not television. As a result things play out differently. Especially when adapting a property from a different format. For the most part it probably isn’t necessary to watch the TV series to understand it, but it certainly would explain the backstory. The audience is thrown in with at least some expectation that they know what’s going on. But with film it should be a contained story that doesn’t require homework before going into see it.
I was curious to see how the main characters would be represented in the movie. Where most movies don’t have too large of a principal cast, this one instantly begins with seven. Twilight was the main focus and received the most screen time. But I noticed that Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash, the two most recognizable characters to mainstream audiences, were given more time than others. Characters like Fluttershy and Applejack seemed to just be along for the ride. They never really offered anything or helped advance the story. They could have been removed without issue. But, because of the source material, all characters were forced in regardless of what purpose they ultimately served.
Front Row: Expendables.
My biggest complaint with this movie is that it was very predictable. I was surprised to find myself thinking “Oh, so this will happen next,” for pretty much the entire movie and being correct every time. The movie painted a clear path early on and stuck to that. There was nothing complex or new to come from it by the end. For its target audience that really doesn’t mean much. But for an animated film to be raised to the level of being memorable it needs to offer something more.
It’s pretty straightforward. If you wanted to see this movie before than you are good to go. However, this movie is very much made for kids and not for families. I find it hard to recommend it to anyone who isn’t a brony or has kids.
If you want to save money and get the same effect,
all seven seasons are currently on Netflix.
My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: every time a song starts.
Take a Drink: every time an extreme close up is used as a scene transition.
Take a Drink: every time it is mentioned how colorful the ponies are.
Take a Drink: for every obvious toy set being advertised.
Take a Drink: for every character you recognize (drink up bronies!).