Earlier today I decided to head to another Brony meet. I've attended quite a few this year, mostly because theres a lot of crossover between interests (many of them like Pokemon as well) and also as they are some of the nicest people around. Today however was different - we headed to the outskirts of Leeds to a cinema to watch My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
73 minutes later, we left the cinema and went into the city centre for a wander. And I came out with the thought "What the HELL was THAT?". I'll explain why, and what rating I gave it.
The first thing to note is that over the total 73 minutes, Flash Sentry gets no more than 5 minutes on screen (although more than Derpy Hooves, who appears for 10 seconds in the credits, and Trixie who spends 30 seconds getting peanut butter crackers), with the bulk of the storyline focused on Sunset Shimmers, Princess Twilight Sparkle, and the rest of the mane six (Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash). In basis, Twilight first stands up to Sunset (the school bully), reunites the rest of the mane six (who fell out), and goes on to win the award of Princess of the Fall Formal. Followed by an inevitable final boss scene of course.
The music was by far the low point of the movie. Imagine Eurovision mixed with My Little Pony related lyrics, and you get the general idea. Rainbow Dash's theme was okay though, as it was reminiscent of Crush 40. It wasn't the worst OST i've ever heard (anyone remember Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2?) but still pretty poor.
What I thought was that the movie would be Twilight Sparkle forced to be in a film based on a bad 1980s/1990s romantic comedy for teenage girls. What I did see however was that most of the characters kept their personalities from the show. One of the main reasons Friendship is Magic is so popular is that its Gender neutral (especially Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle, who are strong, independent and clever females, much different from the mainstream). Overall the film wasn't that bad, and was much better than I expected. Still not one of my top movies though.
As one last funny point: when the film started, there was a visible "BD Playback started" message box at the bottom-left of the screen. Seems that the film was so limited in distribution, Hasbro gave copies of the Blu Ray release to cinemas instead.
Unrelated but important points: - Commissions are on the way. Due to time constraints, ETA is 12-22nd August. - I'll also be posting at least one MLP story before BUCK on the 23rd August. - Expect the Equestria Girls music to show up on ArtAtrocities very soon.