Greetings, fellow Wikians! *sees Rallinale standing in the corner holding a barbed wire bat* ...I mean, Wiki-ites! ...That's... Ugh. That's terrible. I'm so sorry. Ahem! We continue our look at the EQG films in my (still totally original) "Let's Compare EQG" blog series by comparing the movies' writing. Which film had the best dialogue? The best jokes? The best drama, tension, or heartwarming moments? ...Or which plot had more holes in it than a cheese grater?
Here's my own ranking:
- Rainbow Rocks: A vast improvement over the first film in almost every way, Rainbow Rocks did a splendid job of improving the writing that was established in the first Equestria Girls. Sunset Shimmer's post-redemption arc is engaging, resulting in a very satisfying payoff in the climax; the Dazzlings make the atmosphere tense whenever they're on-screen; there are great jokes throughout such as the almost "Three Stooges"-like interactions between the Dazzlings, the "no offense" running gag, and little things like Pinkie Pie's theremin, Maud, and Snips and Snails; and there are fantastic dramatic scenes like Sunset confronting the Dazzlings and the Under Our Spell sequence. There's also some good world-building in Equestria with the sirens. (Also, Sunset and Twilight's nighttime scene in the kitchen is terrific.) It's not 100% perfect, however. While the magic surrounding the girls is called into question, it kind of gets brushed off with a "Who cares why it happens?", and the Twilight/Flash Sentry moments are still a little distracting.
- Legend of Everfree: This film had a good dose of character drama, mystery, suspense, comedy, and action. Twilight's inner struggle with Midnight Sparkle is very engaging with a good payoff in the end, Midnight Sparkle makes for an instantly goosebumps-inducing atmosphere whenever she appears, and there are great character interactions and jokes throughout - from Rarity's campfire story to the running gags involving Pinkie's physical comedy and the dock getting destroyed over and over (with a hilarious post-credits punchline) to Fluttershy's meta "Why do these kinds of things always happen to us?" It also has (at least in my opinion) a decently-written - if a little corny - romance subplot, the individual plot threads tie together better than those in Friendship Games did, and despite the villain presence, the overall tone remains relatively lighthearted. However, some scenes are a little exposition-heavy, such as the scene after the opening sequence and the cafeteria scene, and in regards to how magic in the human world works, EqG still sort of makes things up as it goes along.
- Friendship Games: I mentioned in my previous blog post that I didn't think human Twilight's story of investigating magical disturbances at Canterlot High blended well with the overall plot about the Friendship Games. However, taken individually, each subplot has some fairly decent writing built around it. The rivalry between CHS and Crystal Prep is well-established and explored, it's engaging to see Sunset try (and eventually succeed in) solving a magic-related problem on her own without Princess Twilight's help, human Twilight is introduced well and instantly sympathetic, and individual scenes between her and the Hu-Mane Six are written especially well. The film also makes use of some very funny jokes and gags, such as those during ACADECA and the pre-credits scene, and some of it is even hilariously self-aware. ("Am I the only one who thinks this is overkill?") I'll have more to say about the Shadowbolts as individuals in a later post, but even they get some pretty funny lines in. There ARE some eyebrow-raising moments, however, such as the idea of high school students racing motocross bikes, why none of the students seem the least bit alarmed over the appearance of monster plants, and Midnight Sparkle being used as an artificial last-minute villain.
- Equestria Girls: I think Meghan McCarthy did the best job possible writing around this film's concept. There were some very spot-on jokes, such as Twilight becoming accustomed to her human form and the new world around her and Trixie's peanut butter crackers gag; the subplot of Twilight struggling to come to grips with her new princess status is nice to follow; and Spike is put to fantastic use in general. However, it suffers from a largely unnecessary romance plot, a mid-story conflict between the Hu-Mane Five that's easily avoided, a climax that plays fast and loose with the mythology surrounding the Elements of Harmony, and a lot of very rushed moments like Twilight's "I'm a pony" reveal and Sunset Shimmer's redemption.
How do you rank these films in terms of overall writing quality? Hit up the comments below and let me know!