Holy shit!!! Footage already!?
As to Equestria Girls, I've posted my review of it before:http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/177097/r ... er-warning
Basically, I really really like it personally. It's not half what a pony movie could be, or even what a pony-human in human-world movie could be, but I don't so much blame the writers for that, because it's clear they were contractually obligated to center the story within specific parameters, since the whole thing is just a ploy to sell dolls to compete with Monster High.
For that I blame Hasbro alone. It's clear they said, "We need the ponies to be humans, wear fashionable outfits, be of high school age, and compete for prom queen. By the end they need to transform into anthro-ponies so we can sell different models of the dolls. The lead character also needs a romance subplot. Now get to work, puppet."
I mean, that's obvious the moment you watch the thing, and see how little Flash Sentry matters to the plot and just how often his scenes get marginalized because the writers are like, "Okay, we have our very basic bullshit teenage romance... happy? Kay, now let's get on with this fucking thing..."
I can't so much blame Hasbro for the numerous plotholes, like just how impossibly tenuous the girls' split-friendship was. Perpetrated by Sunset Shimmer for no given reason (did she KNOW they were Twilight's buds and that they might one day interfere, or is she just THAT much of a bitch?) with ploys so thinly veiled that the slightest investigation would have blown the entire facade open... which is exactly what happens the second Twilight offers a baseless accusation that Sunset Shimmer was responsible for the group breaking up. Which, by the way, means the human mane six were really prepared to believe the very worst of their best friends instead of going, "hey what the hell happened man! You said you'd show up for my *insert_thing_meaningufl_to_character_here*"
Yeah, THOSE bits are just the story fucking up.
Otherwise, I actually really love how they turned the Fall Formal vote on its head. Something that's normally a shallow popularity contest is approached by Twilight with an effort to unite a divided school (which is ALSO kinda suspect... What, the school has cliques according to students having similar interest? The horror...? I mean, there was never any real indication that the students were all suspicious of the other groups or that ill-intent factored into the thing) by getting the students to unite under a single banner. She's chosen NOT by doing stupid shit to make herself popular, but by trying to bring people together, which speaks to her ability to LEAD, and grants her the confidence to be a princess back in Equestria.
That, and how they relate her getting used to her wings by turning her into a human with utterly different biology, and making her get used to something far worse than wings.
Plus, the movie is incredibly funny, the music kicks ass... and I'm just a sucker for all the HiE stuff we got to see in it.
I see it like the movie "Hook." There are people who LOVE it, and people who HATE it, and they're both kinda right. There's a lot to love about it, if you're inclined to, but there's also PLENTY wrong with it that you can rip in to. It's a mixed bag, and I can understand most any feeling over it, as it's very much to taste.