Thursday, October 2, 2014

Equestria Girls 2

I saw Equestria Girls 2 over the weekend. That would be the My Little Pony movie, which is a knock-off of Monster High. In fact, the main reason the movie exists is so Hasbro can sell dolls and take away that particular market share. They don't like Mattel having complete dominance in the "weird half-human preteen doll" field.

1. Katie and I agreed that it is super awkward and disturbing that all the girls are...shall we say, curvy. I know most pre-teen material is oversexualized--1980's Nancy Drew is a good example--but we're talking about horse women here. It's gross.

2. My favorite part was where the girls were saved by an unnamed background character who was never introduced and who never had any lines. I don't care if that character is a fan favorite--if she's going to provide a crucial role, at least give her one word of dialogue.

(I would also like to complain that the fans are weird, for making her a fan favorite. She has not had more than twenty seconds of screentime, in the show's four seasons. Why do fans like her so much?)

3. The movie was better than the first, which is not setting the bar very high. Out of all the characters, Sunset Shimmer was the best. That was more or less an accident. Her backstory is that she is a redeemed villain who is trying to adjust to a new life of not killing people. That, in and of itself, makes her a more developed character than everyone else in the film.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think it was "more or less an accident" that Sunset Shimmer was the best character. I think that was the point.

As I see it, there were four main entities involved in the story: The Rainbooms, Twilight (+Spike), The Dazzlings, and Sunset Shimmer.

The Dazzlings were nothing more than run-of-the-mill villains; even though that had interesting back-story that involves a bit of world-building, it really wasn't relevant to the plot, so they were pretty boring.

Twilight didn't know wtf she was doing and didn't resolve the conflict because she was over-thinking simple solutions, as usual. She was not the main focus, and she was not helpful.

The Rainbooms were just ... there. We already know everything about who they are, and they weren't meant to do anything extraordinary in the story.

This was Sunset's story. We were meant to see her struggle, and wonder if she was genuine, or wonder if maybe she'd be corrupted. She provided an unexpected foil to Twilight, and she prove crucial in the end despite her insecurities. I should hope she was the best character.

I would also like to complain that the fans are weird, for making her a fan favorite. She has not had more than twenty seconds of screentime, in the show's four seasons. Why do fans like her so much?

Did you miss the part where this fandom is absolutely crazy? And also the part where the creators fan-pander a bit excessively? That said, I really don't think it was a problem the way that particular moment was resolved. She opened a door. That's not really something you need a significant character for. It's not a moment of development, and it doesn't solve the main problem.

1. Katie and I agreed that it is super awkward and disturbing that all the girls are...shall we say, curvy.

I disagree. I thought they were pretty reasonably drawn.

Samantha said...

Sunset Shimmer sounds a lot like Black Widow.....