Friday, June 19, 2015
Mini-Review - "My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks" (2014)
How anyone reacts to this movie will depend entirely upon how you feel about the musical numbers in "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic." Because this movie is entirely about those songs, down to the plot revolving around a battle of the bands and the villains gaining power through singing.
Personally, the songs in "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" are my least favorite part of the show, as they're not often catchy and add little to the episode that wasn't already there. As a result, I did not care for the majority of "Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks."
The first film at least a bit of charm to it, with the pony version of Twilight Sparkle being turned into a human while learning about how to act like a person, all the nods and references to the show and the dynamic relationship between Twilight and the villain, Sunset Shimmer. Now all of that is gone in the sequel, with no defining character moments and the film ends up repeating many of the same lessons the show already took care of, like knowing when to ask for help or to never take things too seriously.
The only bits that were amusing were the ones in the pony world, where the animation and color scheme compliment the environment and quirky nature of these characters. It still freaks me out that many of these characters are supposed to be human, yet have blue, pink and purple skin. It works fine on magical otherworldly ponies, not so much on people.
If you have not watched any of the television show, do not bother with "Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks." If you didn't like the first film, this one will not change your mind. But if you enjoy the musical numbers in the show and liked the first film, then this one will be just fine.
Final Grade: D+