The "Let's Compare EQG" blog series continues! This time, we take a look at the movies' characters. Which film had the best characterization? The best villains? The best supporting cast? Or which cast was more shallow than a kiddie pool in a drought?
Here's my own ranking:
- Rainbow Rocks/Legend of Everfree: In terms of characterizing, my top pick was a toss-up between Rainbow Rocks and Legend of Everfree; I simply could not decide which cast I liked better because each had its strengths. On the one hand, I adored Gloriosa Daisy's character arc -- she's perky, funny, very sympathetic, and even tragic at some points -- and the way the film sets up her evolution into an antagonist is more believable than Sci-Twi's was in Friendship Games. And personally, I also really liked Timber Spruce; he had more of a story to tell outside of his romance with Sci-Twi, which is more than I can say that Flash Sentry did in the first film. On the other hand, the Dazzlings oozed charisma and personality. They made for fantastic villains who not only played well off of the Rainbooms but also each other. Adagio is delightfully vicious, and Aria and Sonata are hilarious. In the end, I wrestled with this ranking too much to simply choose one over the other.
- Friendship Games: Much like meeting the Hu-Mane Five all over again in the first film, it was an absolute delight getting to know Twilight Sparkle all over again in this one. She's just as adorkable as the Twilight we've come to know over the course of five seasons, and she's instantly sympathetic. Principal Cinch is a great character too, demonstrating that even ordinary people with no supernatural powers can be manipulative and frightening. However, the rest of the Shadowbolts come up considerably short in this department. Each of them gets a small bit of dialogue that does the job of solidifying their individual characters, but they're each reduced to such singular personality traits (Sour Sweet has kind of a split personality, Sugarcoat is blunt, Lemon Zest likes rock and roll, etc.) that they almost seem like caricatures of themselves (even though this is the first time we meet them). Each one has something about them that viewers can pick and choose their favorites, but I don't feel it was enough to make a lasting impression.
- Equestria Girls: Watching this film and getting to know its characters was almost like watching the two-part season 1 premiere again. It almost feels nostalgic meeting Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity all over again, and seeing them fight was more than a little heartbreaking (even if it was an easily avoidable situation, but I already covered that in the "Writing" portion of this blog series). However, Sunset Shimmer is a shallow villain with questionable motives, and Flash Sentry is an even more shallow love interest with no real defining character traits. It was fun, though, seeing how some of the human characters differed from their pony counterparts, like Principal Celestia and Miss Cheerilee.
How do you rank these films in terms of characterization? Hit up the comments below and let me know!