- Oct 25, 2017
It warms my heart to finally see other people digging into why Rainbow Rocks is a messy piece of filmmaking.
However it's really weird to me that so many people out there complain about how Starlight when I feel like a lot of the most frequently listed complaints that Starlight has had (bad reformation, supplants the main cast in terms of importance, much more powerful/useful then the rest of the cast, rest of the cast frequently made to look bad so she can look good) are shared by Sunset, except in many cases I feel like those problems are far worse when it comes to Sunset.
I think that there's a couple reasons why Sunset's problems in these areas are so frequently overlooked, perhaps the biggest one just being that Sunset's reformation happened before people had started to become fatigued with villains being reformed. It also didn't help that Starlight was actually a pretty popular villain and her reformation was seen as us losing that, whereas no one liked villain Sunset, besides maybe people that are trying to retroactively convince themselves that villain Sunset was not terrible because of how much they like Sunset now. And lastly Starlight's reformation started off on an extremely rocky start because of numerous problems people had with its portrayal in the episode it happened in. On top of that Starlight is in the main series that people are more emotionally attached to, whereas with EQG people didn't really go into it expecting much I feel. All of those things I think combine together and as a result the general community seems to be substantially more critical of Starlight then they are of Sunset.
As for Rainbow Rocks I think that the movie does a pretty good job at getting you on Sunset's side, to a point where I would say that they did it a bit too well. The biggest example of this is the massive amounts of dialogue where people keep bringing up all the horrible things that Sunset has done in the past. All of them feel extremely unnatural, like no one would actually talk like this especially in the presence of the person that caused it. This isn't small talk, it's the movie intentionally bringing up those things so people can feel sorry for Sunset having to deal with it. When you start looking for it it's hard to miss just how emotionally manipulative the movie is in terms of trying to get you to root for Sunset.
The most glaring example is when the band plays "Awesome as I Want to Be." For some reason the Mane 6 decide that they can't "pony up" when playing music because it'll give away to the Dazzlings what their plan is. But given what we as the audience know not only is it pretty apparent that the Dazzlings are aware of their plan and have already made contingencies for it, but we have no reason to really side with the Mane 6's assumption that somehow they don't know and that hiding it from the Dazzlings is a good idea. Like the Dazzlings knew everything about Sunset, surely there's some footage on the internet of the Rainbooms ponying up that they would have seen too? The only reason why it exists in the narrative is so Sunset can see that Rainbow's about to transform so she has to stop the act, the result of which is that everyone hates Sunset and yells at her despite her doing what is presented in the narrative as being the right thing.
Honestly though if you're not really looking for this stuff it's still pretty enjoyable. I think that the vast majority of people are so caught up in the redemption of Sunset, (which the big payoff in Welcome To The Show is fantastic) the fantastic soundtrack, and the interesting villains that people don't really notice just how compromised the Mane 6 are through the movie.
Have some Jack: