Friendship really is magic, and this sweet little movie is magical. I love this movie, and I love these cartoons, because I love the message in them. The idea that kindness, generosity, laughter, loyalty, and honesty creates magic between friends shouldn't be a foreign concept, but cynicism is strong in people. We tend to believe the worst in people, and so we confirm it by showing them little in the way of those qualities we most desire for ourselves.
This movie shows what can happen when we believe in ourselves and in our friends, when we step up and accept that friendship is a two way street, and that everyone is worthy of love and redemption.
As for the film itself, the voice acting is spot on, the characters are the ones many of us have loved since we started watching the cartoon years ago, and the budget is clearly bigger, as the animation is gorgeous. The soundtrack is catchy, too, with my favorite songs being "Time To Be Awesome," and "Open Up Your Eyes," the latter which is brilliantly sung by Emily Blunt. I wasn't much for Capper (voiced by Taye Diggs), but he was competently played. The villain, the much vaunted Storm King, was probably the weakest element, but I didn't care about the villain, what I ultimately cared about was the sweet little ponies I've come to love getting together on an adventure, and having a great time, which they did, and I did as well.
I highly recommend the film, and the series. It's worth every penny, and then some.
That said, just remember, if you ever think you're friendless and alone, you're wrong. You have more friends than you know. :)