All told, my desire to watch this movie falls into the category of 1+/5. Even with all the things I’m going to praise, the story is simply dragged too much through empty tropes and the writing quality consistently dips to pretty low levels. It’s easy to find Meghan McCarthy’s input as the moments that mean a lot either in a comedic or a dramatic sense, which are usually juxtaposed with dialogue and scenes that are predictable and/or needlessly over-the-top in much the same way that I style the show after season five. So in terms of the hard and fast conclusion on the writing, it certainly had its scenes and moments but the general affair (including the reliance on tropes) didn’t really impress.
I mentioned earlier that this was possibly the…
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Ultimately the movie played out on the upper end of my expectations. Which is to say, it was actually alright. Not superb, not even great... but not bad.
The issues I anticipated in my last blog - that the movie would of necessity be defined by corny and overused plot devices that would drain anticipation, much like what happened in The Perfect Pear - were present and did affect my enjoyment of the movie, but they ended up being quite a bit less prevalent than I had expected. The musical numbers didn't really do it for me but the atmospheric music was pretty solid most of the time.
I'll finish up my thoughts on this later, but what I can say is this: I could tell the writers were trying to avoid the same things I was hoping they'd avoid, and I…Read more >
Preamble: this is not meant to be contrarian or reactionary to positive views on the movie, but since it's a big event on the timeline of a show I've spent so much time watching and thinking about I thought I'd be appropriate to analyze a point of significant consternation which has kept me from watching it, perhaps indefinitely.
The reason I have no current plans to watch the MLP movie is because I don’t anticipate the materials fitting the medium. I recognize there are a lot of personal opinions and preferences going into this - namely that I really don’t watch movies in the first place and that I’ve lost basically all interest in the show’s current direction – but even setting those aside there is still an issue that sinks my anticipatio…Read more >
I want to address an idea that this show seems to be pushing a bit far beyond what I consider to be its actual limits, which is that differences are important in a friendship. I assert that friendships are built exclusively on similarities, and that while differences can exist in a friendship, they can only be ignored or removed (by one or both parties changing).Read more >
Let me give an example. I work with my friend managing a digital printing department. We first met by chance but quickly found that we had quite a bit in common in the way we process the world around us. When we converse, the topics that last the longest and are the most enjoyable to discuss are those we are both familiar with, or which lead to a mutual understanding. Of course, w…
Please be advised, this is not a favorable opinion of the episode. In fact I'd say it's quite unfavorable. But that shouldn't necessarily affect your opinion if you disagree. It's also very short; I don't go into too much detail because I've already done so in earlier posts and comments, but if there's something I bring up that isn't clear feel free to ask about it.
I, uh... I didn't like it. For me it was little more than a straightforward presentation of a fairly simple and predictable story, where the takeaways of each flashback were plainly and unnecessarily repeated by the Apple siblings immediately afterward. The writing took no risks and offered no surprises. The rushed pace made much of the dialogue feel artificial and as a result I…
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