I am not an eight-year-old girl.
But if I were young and female I probably would be hyperventilating over “My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks” which arrives in theaters across North America this weekend.
The film is showing at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema on Saturday (Sept. 27) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Zach Powers, the Grand’s media man, tells me the art film theater doesn’t show many kids movies beyond the free Click! series and animated foreign films. “My Little Pony” doesn’t represent a new trend but it fits with the Grand’s mission.
“Beyond the exterior of being a loud, cartoonish film from the ‘My Little Pony’ franchise, this film is a musical that features lead characters who are young girls, are in an all-girl band,” Powers said. “And these bold/confident protagonists don’t seem to be overly sexualized.” And that’s a rarity for female music performers in America, he noted.
Powers called the film empowering, somewhat counter-cultural and - bonus - it’s a musical. “And those are three qualities we love in a film,” he said.
The story takes place at Canterlot High (CHS) where a musical showcase is featuring Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy. They are going to be performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. But when The Dazzlings, a new girl group, arrive at CHS and convince everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands, tensions mount between the competing musical acts. A now-reformed Sunset Shimmer realizes that the Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and are after something far more sinister than just being named Best Band at Canterlot High. The Rainbooms call on Princess Twilight to restore harmony to their world to help them perform a musical counter-spell so that they can win a battle that now determines the fate of the entire school!
That last paragraph was lifted straight from the press release. I do not normally end my sentences with exclamation marks! (Except for that one.)
Here is the link to the film’s trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdWzS7-Ppuk
The Grand Cinema is at 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma; 253-593-4474; http://www.grandcinema.com/