Saturday, January 4, 2014

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (2013)

Since I've had to watch this movie every night for the past month, today I'm reviewing My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.  It has some pretty good, catchy songs in it, and my daughter has been singing the main one all day (she sings the tune, but no words can come out).  We are both huge fans of the show but I wasn't sure how much I was going to like this.  My daughter absolutely loves this movie.

This sort of film was made specifically for fans of the show.  Without watching it, you wouldn't know how Twilight Sparkle became a princess, why her wings were a bother, who any of the characters were or anything.  The filmmakers assume you already know all this because why else would you go and watch it?  It's also to sell the Equestria Girl dolls, which look like Bratz dolls redone.  I'm not going to buy any because my daughter has too many toys already, and she definitely doesn't need a human version of the same character.

Twilight Sparkle's crown gets stolen by Sunset Shimmer, a former student of Princess Celestia's.  She and the crown go through a mirror to an alternate reality.  Twilight Sparkle is told to go through the mirror, alone, and retrieve her crown before any damage can be done.  Luckily, eternally loyal Spike jumps through the mirror with her.  After they pass, they are surprised to see he has turned into a dog.  But they have no idea what Twilight Sparkle is.  Turns out she is now a human girl, and all of her pony friends are now also humans who attend high school.  They all have the same hairstyles, personalities, and skin colors of the original ponies (yes that includes blue Rainbow Dash and purple Twilight Sparkle).  So this isn't necessarily Earth, just an alternate reality where the former ponies look human-like.

Her crown in this reality is the prize for winning "Princess of the Fall Formal", so instead of asking for it and running back to the mirror, she decides to spend her time trying to win this honor.  Also, we get to see all the main characters (the ones who hold the elements of harmony) but none of them are friends, thanks to Sunset Shimmer's manipulation.  Thanks to Twilight Sparkle, everyone becomes friends again and are super happy.  Also, there are quite a few songs, which get sung at my house all the time now.  And in the car.  And at the grocery store.

Sunset Shimmer eventually does get her hands on the crown, turns into a red demon and announces how she's going to take over Equestria.  But before she can go, Twilight Sparkle all of a sudden is able to use magic again, and basically uses the elements of harmony to blow her up and turn the nearby ground into a crater.  Naturally, Sunset Shimmer isn't hurt at all because of this, but has learned her lesson and genuinely wants to learn how to be a friend.  Of course, because of the super special magic that is friendship.  Since I have to watch this so much and am still not sick of it, I'm giving this a 6/10.

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