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Okay guys, you may remember some time ago that I posted my decision to not review the Equestria Girls movie. While I stand by my decision, I have, in recent weeks, been thinking that I should at least give my opinion on the film. What I liked and what I didn't, as well as some of the things other people have said about it. So rather than a review, I decided to simply give my opinions of it in a "My thoughts on" essay instead. So here we go.

As you may expect, this essay will contain spoilers for those who haven't seen the movie yet. You have been warned.

First of all, there were a couple of things about the story of this film that I'd like to discuss, first and foremost being Twilight's issues with being recently crowned a princess. As many of you know, this was an immensely controversial aspect of the season three finale, and many of the things that happen in this movie seem designed to calm people down about it. Having Twilight feel anxious and nervous about the whole thing, as well as controlling her new wings, seem like a very natural reaction for anyone in her situation, and certainly feels more like how she'd behave than the "everything's okay" way she acted in "Magical mystery cure". So on that count, the story had an element to it that I enjoyed.

However, the premise of going to the human world was a bit of a mixed bag for me. On the one hand it was certainly good to see the show trying something new. On the other hand, one of the things I liked about the show was how it did not include humans. Having this world be entirely filled with ponies or other magical creatures gave it a unique feel and helped to keep it's fantasy setting intact. By having the so-called "real world" now established as something which exists alongside the pony world, that unique element has been somewhat tarnished.

In addition to that, having this story set in a modern-era human world brings to mind many film stories that I've generally disliked. In some fantasy films, a character from a fantastical world will journey to the "real" world in order to achieve some quest or something. My issue with those stories was that they always made it so that the characters would have to awkwardly interact with things that we, the audience, would find mundane. And it's the same with this movie. Sure, from Twilight's perspective, all of these new things she comes across, not to mention having to adjust to moving as a human, would undoubtedly be difficult for her. But for the rest of us, who do those things every day, seeing her struggle with it can come off as simply boring.

Despite that though, it does have one thing that puts it above the aforementioned films. You see, in those other films, a change from a fantasy setting to a realistic one was always done primarily as a cost-cutting measure, to make it so that the film-makers could save money on sets, costumes etc. But here, that's clearly not the case. The familiar MLP images we're so often used to are replaced for new characters, new designs for old characters, and even a whole new world that had to be designed and made from scratch. So, if nothing else, this show should at least be praised for showing that they've clearly put a lot of effort into it.

As you all know, one of the most notable aspects of this movie is the "humanization" of MLP characters. I've already given my thoughts in the inclusion of humans, but the humanizing of established MLP characters seems to irk people in particular, and I think I understand why. Ever since the show started, fans have been speculating on what the characters might look like if they were human, coming up with all sorts of designs and fan-art of their individual interpretations. And now that we have a so-called "official" image of what these characters would look like as humans, that would undoubtedly upset many, with their own interpretations having been rendered, as I once put it, "officially unofficial".

While I can certainly understand being upset over that, after all my own interpretation didn't match what was on-screen, this film does not render mine or anyone else's personal vision of the humanized characters invalid, or wrong. All we're getting here is a look at what the creators themselves think the girls would look like. And that alone makes it an interesting thing as it's the idea of humanization, something we fans have been doing for a while, put in the hands of the official show staff. If anything we should be celebrating the fact that they've taken something we do and made it official, something they've been doing with their fans for a while now. Though I will admit right now that having the main six become human/pony hybrids near the end did seem a little off to me.

The inclusion of a world of humans, as well as a means to travel between it and Equestria, presents us with a number of interesting possibilities for future stories. After all, the mirror still remains at the end of the film, so there's no reason why Twilight or some other pony can't go back to it. In addition to that, we don't know if it's possible for the humans of that world to also travel to Equestria. Could the pony and human version of the same character meet each other? What disturbances could that cause? Would a human character become a pony if they came to Equestria? I don't know if they ever intend to explore such possibilities, but it's a least worth mentioning.

The characters, at least as far as the main ones are concerned, are all portrayed well here, both their pony versions and their human ones. Twilight's arc, as I said before, is one I really liked and respected, and it was interesting to see her cope in a situation where her normal strengths, like magic, were unavailable to her. The others all play to their respective strengths well, but if there was one thing I feel I need to criticise, it's that it seems just a little odd that Sunset's plan to divide the human versions worked so well. In all the time they were fighting amongst themselves, not once had it ever occurred to them to talk to each other and find out for real if they were the ones sending messages to each other. Still, I suppose having Twilight do the re-uniting does, at least, further her role as the glue with holds these five together, as has been established in many previous episodes.

And what about the new characters? Firstly, there's the villain, Sunset Shimmer. From a character standpoint, she seems interesting. After all, given how long Celestia has lived, it makes sense that Twilight would not have been the first student she'd take under her wing. So having a previous student come back to take vengeance of a sort is interesting. However, the issue with this is that Sunset never got any resolution with Celestia herself, with her main conflict being with Twilight. On top of that, I felt that her apology at the end of the film was a bit rushed. It seemed less a case of her being genuinely remorseful, and more a case of her apologising because she lost and had no other option. It's pretty much the same issue I had with Trixie back in "Magic duel", as neither apology seemed genuine to me.

However, her actions throughout the film tended to raise many questions that, admittedly, I didn't think of while I watched the film the first time around. For example, if she's been in the human world for, presumably, the entire run of the series so far, then how is it that she knew about the elements of harmony, or that Twilight was in possession of one? How would she know what it looked like in order to make a fake version of it? How could she know how to move around the crystal palace if both it and the Empire weren't even around when she first went to the human world? And how is it that she knew that Twilight and her element would be there to steal on the day she chose to return through the mirror? These questions never get answered throughout the entire run of the film and that really frustrates me.

And then we have Flash Sentry and his relationship to Twilight. This is something that, to me, seems like an interesting direction to go in. Now, for those who've read my recent fanfics, you'll know that I'm more-or-less and official shipper of these two, so I'm not exactly unbiased in this area of the film. However, even if I disliked the idea of them being together, I'd still praise it for at least trying something new. Remember, this is the first time since Rarity's crush on Prince Blueblood back in season one that a member of the main cast has been placed in a romantic relationship with another character. And while Flash wasn't really fleshed out all that much as a character, he did enough for me to like him well enough. I know it's been said that his character, at least the pony version anyway, won't be making future appearances, but I'd be keen to have him back, if only so we can see how the show handles the idea of one of it's main characters being in a long-term relationship.
One thing that did bother me about him though was that he was said to be Sunset's ex-boyfriend. This is a troublesome issue for me because, from what we've seen, Flash is a pretty decent guy, going out of his way to do the right thing whenever possible. He doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who'd willingly date Sunset, whose pretty much the opposite. I know Sunset has, on occasion, been known to pretend to be nicer than she is, but given her reputation around the entire school for cruelty and deception, it's hard to think that Flash would fall for such an act and go out with her, even once.

When it comes to the story, one of the biggest issues I have is with the resolution of the conflict with Sunset Shimmer. Firstly, while it makes sense for magic and friendship to solve the ultimate issue in Equestria, Twilight and the human versions of her friends are not in Equestria, they're meant to be in what's supposed to be the real world. And because of that, I was really looking forward to them finding a way to solve the big issue of the film without having to resort to that sort of ending. That's not to say I don't like that kind of resolution in MLP, but when I watch it here, it felt as though they only put it in because the writers couldn't think of any other way to end it.

Going back to the story, there are a couple of inconsistencies involved with the element of magic here. Firstly, Twilight's declaration near the end that Equestria would be fine without it is a complete contradiction of what was said to her at the start of the movie, that the other elements would be useless without it, and Equestria would be left defenceless. So either Twilight forgot about that or she'd choose to save the human world over her own, neither of which is something I think she'd do. Plus, it was established early on in the show that the elements only work with their assigned bearers, which is why Spike couldn't use the element of loyalty against Discord back in season two. And yet in this movie, Sunset Shimmer was able to use the element not only to transform herself, but gain control over others. I know I can't always expect complete consistency in a kids show, but little details like that have always bothered me.

The humour of the film worked very well, and all of the moments that were clearly meant to cause laughter did their job well. But again, setting it in the modern human world means the inclusion of pop-culture references, something I've often praised the show for avoiding in the past. The jokes in past episodes have, for the most part, been fairly timeless, like they could bee from any era. By having references to things like texts and YouTube, that sort of undermines the charm I found in the humour of other episodes.

However, I will concede that the YouTube reference is actually used in a rather clever way. As good as MLP is, I think there can be no denying the fact that it was via the internet, and YouTube in particular, that the show managed to reach the massive fanbase it now has. So, in a rather clever twist, the villain, Sunset Shimmer, makes a YouTube video in order to make Twilight unpopular The means by which Twilight and the other ponies became popular in the real world is here, in this fictional world, used to actually undermine her popularity. I don't know if this was an intentional move on the part of the writers, but if it was, then I salute them because that was absolute genius.

And now I feel it's time to discuss one of the more notable aspects of this film, that of the brony community's reaction to it. For almost all of the time leading up to this film's release, the internet was abuzz with discussions on how this change would "ruin MLP forever" and other such accusations. Guys, I get it. I understand where your coming from. MLP is not the first fandom I've been a part of, and I understand all to well how a big change can be feared. But there was never any reason for that kind of fear to exist, especially given how many times we've felt it in this franchise, only to be proven wrong. MLP survived having Luna's appearance changed. It survived introducing a third alicorn, who later married a previously-unknown brother of Twilight. It survived having Twilight become and alicorn herself. And it will probably survive this.

Remember. A show that's capable of making thirty-year-old men fall in love with a cartoon about ponies intended for girls is more than capable of making a film like this and not cause it's own self-destruction in the process..

However, having said that, I feel the need to make a confession. That being that, I myself was no better at one point. I too felt a deep sense of worry over how this change would affect the franchise. And it shames me to admit to that because, at the end of the day, I should have known better. This show has impressed me time and again and has always managed to reel me back whenever I've felt unsure about some new direction it's going in. So for all my talk about how bronies were silly to be worried, let it be known that, at one time, I was right there with them.

So, with all that said and done, how do I feel about the film? Honestly, I love it. While I wouldn't go so far as to say it's among my favourite MLP-related stories so far, it definitely impressed me in a lot of ways. The characters were still likeable, the songs, while not their best, still impressed me, and I do salute them for at least trying something different with the premise of the film. Do I think it stands among the best of MLP? No. But just because it doesn't get into my top ten or something like that doesn't mean there's nothing here to enjoy. And I DID enjoy this film, a lot.

Plus, I just love the symbolism of it. A feature-length MLP story in movie theatres. A few years ago, many would have mocked the idea of a return of the MLP franchise to television. Most people, myself included, thought that it wouldn't work, that no-one would like it. But then, it turned out to be a massive hit, earning scores of fans, even ones outside of it's intended audience. And now, on top of all that, it get's it's own theatrical release. That alone is proof enough of how well this show has done. This film may have many aspects to it that we fans may not like, but we cannot deny that by simply existing, Equestria Girls has shown the world just how popular, and how loved, MLP has become. And I can't think of higher praise to say than that.

Well, that's my thoughts on Equestria Girls. Hope you enjoyed reading it.
My opinions on the recent controversial MLP movie, Equestria Girls.

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Ripped-ntripps Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
out 1 of 10 how good it's?!?!
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
I'd say it was a 7.
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Ripped-ntripps Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I world give it a 6 of 10
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huntergregory Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You know what I think would've made the movie better? If it was actually a satire of things that people accuse it of. Things like High School drama, one-dimensional love interests, spoiled female teen antagonists, etc. Maybe it would've been better recieved than it is right now. Winner 


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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
That could well be the case.
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huntergregory Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Have anything to say about the sequel?
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Not until I've seen it.
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Demot92 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
For me I will give this movie a big "mhe" and here are some of the reasons
1. I did not like that they put Twilight in a modern day human world. Granted i like how they turned the characters in to humans, and how they have to make twilight work on getting use to the new body, but did they relay have to put them in a modern day society. I feel that the movie would have been better in an old age society (meaning some-were between the bronze age and the dark ages, not sure of the exact year in the show so i am just guessing).But i guess some will argue about infinite reality so it just pure wishing on my part.
2. the songs.... "mhe" do not get me wrong it is not that i hate them it is just you wont see me humming them at any point in my life. They are not memorable songs like the super Mario theme or the porkies porkies theme from mother 3
3. the relation between twilight and whats his name flash something (honestly i do not like him, kinda reminds me of a one denominational stereotypical pretty boy that can do no wrong and is good at pretty much every thing, like another character i think we all know). it also feels kinda forced and a little UN-wanting. Now i am open to the idea of relation ships after all it wold be nice to see twilight (and maybe some of the other main 6) to be in a relation ship but not with this guy.
4. I am just going to take from what you said earlier on how in the movie that some things are not explained. Like how sunset shimmer knew of all these things. that irks me and has left a negative possibility space in me that needs to be filled.
In conclusion I think the writers and creators should have put a little more effort in to the movie but i will give them point in trying things a little differently even though I doubt they have thought it out well enough.
You thoughts? 

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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
If that's how you feel about the whole thing, then more power to you.
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TCH2 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013

Personally, I love this movie; the story is pretty intriguing; the humour is well done; I loved seeing the characters as humans; and I love the songs. I will admit, it could have been better, but it's still very good.

 

You know, Sunset and Twilight are rather alike in a few ways: they were born unicorns; they were magical prodigies with very little time for friends and were both student of Princess Celestia. Heck, they even have similar names; their first names being linked to sunrise/sunset and their last names being related with shining. I think Sunset represented what Twilight could have become, had she not made friends.

 

Also, I don't mind the final confrontation and I think Sunset's redemption wasn't too bad. Remember that she shed tears during her transformation? I think it was turning into that demon that made her finally realize the true horrors of her actions and when she was restored, she was overcome with remorse. I also like how Twilight managed to forgive her; it's a great sign of character.

 

I will admit; the romance between Twi and Flash could have been done a lot better; I mean, I have nothing against the idea and all, but there were three problems:

1. He didn't really contribute much to the story

2. He had little to no personality

3. There wasn't really any chemistry between them; all they did was share a dance. They never kissed or even held hands.

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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
All fair points, and I absolutely agree on how Sunset is basically a dark-mirror version of Twilight.
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TCH2 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Yeah. :)
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Maran-Zelde Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree with most of this. When trying to describe Equestria Girls to my sister, who has watched Seasons 1-3 but somehow had never heard of the movie, I finished with, "It's probably not as bad as I made it sound." :XD:

The only point I disagree with you on is Flash Sentry. Rather than trying to do something different, I felt that it smacked of corporate/network interference - as if the writers were obliged to give Twilight a love interest because it's a movie set in high school. They didn't even put any effort into making him stand out, other than being a nice pretty boy. And I'm sorry, but it made no sense for Twi to stay and dance with Flash when there was a ticking clock on the inter-dimensional portal.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
True, but at that point in the film I think it was more a case of her staying for he sake of the five friends she'd made and who'd helped her against Sunset, rather than just for Flash.
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teh-j0ey Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I didn't really like the awkward relationship between Twi and Flash. I felt it was forced, and it didn't really fully develop given how Flash had about 10 minutes of screen time. And I didn't really find Sunset Shimmer to be a believable villain. And there are some references I didn't like. Like the one with YouTube. I didn't like the design of the Humans.

But there are some parts I liked about EQG. The writing, the plot, the cameos of fan favorites, the songs, and some good allusions as usual.

Thoughts?
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
There were indeed parts I felt could have been done better.
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TeenWolf952 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
If you want to know why Flash and Sunset were a couple at one time and why they broke up (If it isn't already obvious), I suggest you read "The Break Up" on fimfiction.net.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Will do.
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Sfrhk678 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I think Sunset Shimmer wanted to become the next princess before Twilight, which is why she was taking vengeance to exterminate Twilight.
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lpallad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Indeed it is. You can see it in the comic book dedicated to her, which I have already showed in other comments.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Makes sense.
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HerbalDrink Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
You have more positive to say than I do. 

And I wasn't alone... my cousin and her husband is getting hate-mail shaming her for writing Equestria Girls, ignoring that 
a) She's not a writer. That's her sister-in-law / her husband's sister
b) Her sister-in-law left MLP ages ago. (The hate-mail she got for "Killing Derpy" probably had a hand in driving her away... that and I'm sure she didn't have a contract with Ha$bro after they told her to change "Ditzy" into "Derpy") 
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
I may not be those people, but I feel the need to apologise on their behalf for the way your family has been treated by them. MLP first charmed me because it opened people to the idea of acceptance, that people, no matter what demographic they were, could get together and enjoy this show.

For them to send such messages to members of your family because of their involvement (or association with those involved) is a disgrace, and they shouldn't have had to go through that.
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HerbalDrink Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
I know, it was such a disgrace. It's just as much as those bronies who happily shout stuff like "Love and Tolerance" yet act casually sexist, racist, or what have you. :/ I mean, MLP is just a 30 minute toyline commercial, but it's actually a pretty good one because the writing is fun enough to not be obviously a commercial. 
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
While the show means more to me than simply being about toys, I can understand your position. Being involved with those things, even if other fans disagreed with them, was no excuse for that sort of behaviour.
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JFPierre Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student General Artist
While I have yet to see the movie, I have read the transcript and the MLP wiki article as well as parts on youtube. I wrote two journals about the trailers as they appeared and just the second trailer made me want to see it. Some stuff in your essay was explained in other media, like the mirror and Sunset's backstory, posted in the comments by others. The mirror was moved from canterlot to the crystal empire some time between the end of season three and the movie. Flash being the ex to Sunset is not that hard to believe, people can change and the one you thought was your soul mate turns out to be wrong. that's all I got sorry if it is disjointed.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
No need to apologise. My own drafts of these essays aren't really that coherent before I edit them.

But I agree, people can change. But given what Celestia said of her, it was always my opinion that Sunset was like that before she went to the world of humans.
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JFPierre Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student General Artist
ya from the comic I saw linked in the comments Sunset was like trixie but had the skill to back up her talk. She seem to be drunk by the promise of power that she could gain from the mirror. It also seemed to tie back to Celestia's past from the greatest mistakes line,
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TeenWolf952 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
oh, sounds like an interesting comic, what's it called?
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JFPierre Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student General Artist
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TeenWolf952 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
thanx
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JFPierre Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student General Artist
welcome
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saturdaymorningproj Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Nice read, as usual deep and thorough review, my feeling are somewhat simialr - yes this movie suffers some plot holes here and there but in general I consider it enjoayble one, and that's what matters to me most :)
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Agreed.
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
As a Spike fan, I was really fearful with how they were going to protray him in this movie since they turned him into a dog. I was stunned at how his performance was. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that was one of Spike's best performances so far in the series.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Indeed. Given how recent episodes seem to ignore him completely, it's good to remind audiences that he's a long-standing friend of Twilight.
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StatManDan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Going back to the story, there are a couple of inconsistencies involved with the element of magic here. Firstly, Twilight's declaration near the end that Equestria would be fine without it is a complete contradiction of what was said to her at the start of the movie, that the other elements would be useless without it, and Equestria would be left defenceless. So either Twilight forgot about that or she'd choose to save the human world over her own, neither of which is something I think she'd do. Plus, it was established early on in the show that the elements only work with their assigned bearers, which is why Spike couldn't use the element of loyalty against Discord back in season two. And yet in this movie, Sunset Shimmer was able to use the element not only to transform herself, but gain control over others. I know I can't always expect complete consistency in a kids show, but little details like that have always bothered me.

Cadance actually says that, minus Twilight's crown, Equestria would be left without "one of it's most important lines of defense" in the movie. That's to imply Equestria would not be completely defenseless, but the Elements are the most powerful. It may also be Twilight putting her faith in her friends and the Princesses back home to find a way as well (the self-sacrifice thing back in "The Crystal Empire").
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Both are good points, though I still think Twilight was taking a big risk.
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StatManDan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
I think that Twilight's friends are going to have more responsibility placed on them as well in Season Four. 
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Dreams-hold-Ambition Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I see what you mean about how after Sunset broke them apart the Mane 6 of the human world didn't even try talking to each other. But if I had to look at that aspect considering Sunset has been controlling the whole school through fear I bet she made sure they wouldn't do that so Twilight would be forced to try getting her crown back by her own power alone. (Unfortunately that failed the moment Twilight brought out the year book with their Freshman picture and they found out Sunset has been sending messages to the others with their names on them as deception.)
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lpallad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
However the fact that the friends quarrel without discussing the reasons for the dispute is actually a thing used quite normally. One example is this episode of that'so Raven: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Uuawu… Where precisely the cousins ​​peasants have jumped to the conclusion thinking that Victor had stolen the gravy boat and then they broke contact with Victor and Tonya, but they did not explain the reason for such anger. 

Or with the manga and the anime One Piece, in the story of Noland and Calgara. Calgara hated Noland because he had demolished the sacred trees, but for how many times Noland has asked, Calgara and no one else in the village of Shandian want tell to him or to those of his crew why they hated them so much. it was necessary that it was Musse to explain the reason so that he could receive the response. But still he had to do back and forth in the middle of the night, because no one would allow her to ask him questions.

So it is likely that the humans counterparts of the friends of Twilight have not meet again to clarify the reasons for what had happened between them only for a question of pride. And probably Sunset Shimmer had expected, calculated, and counted also on this detail in her plan for divide them.
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Dreams-hold-Ambition Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's kinda what I said.
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lpallad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
already. But I specified better this detail.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Good point.
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Dreams-hold-Ambition Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Plus for the mirror thing I see two possible explanations. If you've read the Sunset Shimmer side story in the comics you'll learn a bit about her backstory that caused her to no longer be Celestia's student, one scene Sunset sees herself as an Alicorn (She even finds out she can be one, something Twilight never learned herself.) so she could have while in the human World used this to spy on events in Equestria assuming the mirror takes a long time to re-open. But we also don't know by Equestrian terms how long a "moon" is, it could easily be monthly and as the portal stays open for three days Sunset could have occasionally come back to get information to plot for this which is why she had the human counterparts of Twilight's friends separated. And I think considering while in that demon state she wanted to rule Equestria so that could have been her revenge on Celestia.

Also for the Element of Magic I have a theory. When Discord discorded the Mane 6 Twilight wasn't discorded when they tried using the elements so we don't know if being discorded affects the element of magic differently. Also since Sunset was once Celestia's student Celestia might have taught her some of the things that could have made her the eventual element of magic but since she didn't care for friendship the element of magic had a negative effect. Also considering we never saw Twilight use it discorded while using her element, maybe how it affected Sunset was similar to what could have happened?

And while Sunset's apology may have been rushed, remember how fast Luna apologized after getting blasted by the elements of harmony? Who knows, maybe the element of magic when she put it on brought out the darkness in her heart as a physical shell that was destroyed when the element of magic gave the Mane 6 their human/pony forms. With that dark shell removed Sunset finally just saw how horrid her actions really were.

Also with Twilight's declaration we have to remember the elements aren't the only things that can protect Equestria, they are simply one of them plus she knew if Sunset had the crown it would be worse than Equestria without her element. Essentially Twilight made a sacrifice for the better choice, because sometimes the easy way isn't always the right/best way.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Ah, that explains that then.
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lpallad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
You can see yourself the comic of Sunset Shimmer here: fdzeta.net/my-little-pony-frie…
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Thanks.
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lpallad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
What you think about her now?
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
That she's become more interesting all of a sudden.
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