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A decent movie for fans of the show.
on August 15, 2013
I was skeptical about this movie. I went into it knowing what it was: Hasbro attempting to use the popularity of what is possibly its most popular brand to make a line of dolls to compete with other toy companies. That, and the somewhat scary character designs (like on the cover), made me skeptical, but I was also intrigued by the movie trailers on YouTube and positive reviews fellow fans have given, so I had to give it a shot. So I found it on YouTube and watched it.
First, the negatives:
The romantic subplot, while not entirely pointless, went nowhere, and the movie could just have easily done without it.
The ending was a little outlandish in relation to the events that led up to it, and it also felt rushed.
The movie wasn't paced very well.
Now, the positives:
The character designs are much better than the cover led me to believe.
The music is done very well, and is sometimes as memorable as that on the show.
The characters, while human, are still exactly the same as on the show when you get right down to it.
The overall message of friendship is never lost, even with the outlandish ending, and I was genuinely moved when the message came full-circle at the end.
With the knowledge of why this movie was made to begin with, and the fact that it was primarily a movie for the fans, I give it a 7/10. Overall, it was enjoyable, and I believe it stays true to the theme conveyed by the show, of which I am a huge fan (I am a brony). However, it may or may not hit with your personal tastes. My advice would be: if you are a fan of the show and have the chance to watch this movie, do so, and if you like it, support the makers of the movie by buying it. I made sure to watch it on YouTube first, and I enjoyed it, so I pre-ordered the movie (I just got it today).
Also, make sure to watch the entire credits.