Monday, January 27, 2014
Movie Monday: Bronies
"Bronies" is a documentary that talks to fans of the television show "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." It follows about half a dozen fans as they talk about their love for the series, the "prejudice" they get for their love for the show, and it culminates at a few "Bronycons," showcasing the creativity, caring, and optimism these folks have, along with some of the voice actors and people behind the show.
I'm going to be blunt: This is a cookie-cutter documentary. I know, earlier, I commented that a documentary didn't seem to have any focus, but this one was almost too generic. "Brony" could have easily been replaced by any other Geeky moniker: "Trekkie," "Ringer," or "Furry." I'm not saying it's bad, but after having watched a few other "fandom" documentaries over the past few months, I'm just saying it's starting to get old, seeing the same formula used over, and over, ad nauseam. I think this will be the last doc I watch for a while, since they're all starting to look the same.
"Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony" is currently streaming on Netflix Instant Streaming, and runs approximately 90 minutes. If you're into the show, there's some cute animated stuff, plus interviews with Tara Strong and John DeLancie. Otherwise, it's, sadly, a solid "meh."