Oh boy. My first drama piece. Joy.
That review was when my gut feelings were still fresh, and I probably shouldn't have used as much snark as I did. Looking back on it, I've found a few things I enjoy. The songs have grown on me, except the Seapony and Sia songs; the animation is well done, even if I prefer the show's style; Kapper had his Spike Flamethrower joke and that got a few chuckles out of me; and it opened up a lot of possibilities for fan creations. But I still have more things I heavily dislike about it. I cannot take back what I've said, and I will not take back what I said.
The movie was advertised as something that would reward the fans for sticking with the series, something that the show staff were pulling out all the stops for. I can understand keeping the fan-pleasing minimal for the sake of the newcomers in the audience. But what I saw was not "pull out all the stops". What I saw was an hour forty-four "use this to shut up your kids" thing. What I saw was typical Hollywood.
There was no point in going to get the Hippogryphs. There was no point in traveling to Kludgetown. There was no point introducing the Sky Pirates. We get barely any time with them before we rush off to the next scene. They come back in at the very end of the film and do things that already established characters could have done. The only aspect of the film that we got any time with was Tempest. And I've seen that concept done far better in fan works. At best, the movie is something to turn my brain off to or have running in the background. I would have tried to sweep as much of it under the rug as possible, but I can respect that they're sticking to their guns.
I'm willing to let you explain your viewpoint. I want to know if we even watched the same movie. Maybe you saw something that I didn't that'll make me appreciate it more. So answer me this:
--Apart from the ending, what purpose did Kapper and Kludgetown serve to the overall plot?
--Apart from the ending, what purpose did the Sky Pirates serve to the overall plot?
--Apart from the ending and Season 8, what purpose did the Seaponies/Hippogryphs serve to the overall plot?
--Apart from the ending and another "Anti-Twilight" story (on top of Trixie, Sunset, and Starlight), what purpose did Tempest Shadow serve to the overall plot?
--What, if anything, did The Storm King add that couldn't have been accomplished and improved by having Tempest be the big bad instead?
Again, I'm completely willing to hear you out. I doubt my opinion will change much, but I am willing to at least listen and understand your viewpoint.