I was planning to post something else today, but then I was able to find Steven Universe: The Movie to watch, watched it, and wanted to talk about it. So time for a review on the movie, spoiler free!
I want to start by saying, this movie is going to spoil the plot of Steven Universe for you. Like, the entire series, so if you want to enjoy the ride of watching the series first if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t start with this movie as your first piece of Steven Universe media. If you don’t mind being spoiled, haven’t seen the show, and are fine with just enjoying the journey of watching, then by all means watch this movie first and see if the show is for you. It will give you a good indication of what the show is all about, because it has everything good in the show in this movie. Some of the bad things too in my opinion, but the good outweighs the bad.
Now if you’re a Steven Universe fan like myself, this movie is just for you. All the characters you know and love are in character. There’s one new character that is a great addition to the show’s lore that I hope we see more if we get more Steven Universe content. The movie itself, I think has a nice beginning and end. Like the end is stellar. It hits all of the emotional beats it should have, brought the character’s arc specifically for the movie to a close. The character made specifically for the movie by far was my favorite. She goes from being annoying, to you feeling so much for her, and hoping she has a happy ending. Her ending was very satisfying, and her story in particular didn’t feel nonsensical or rushed, which is prone to happen with movie specific characters. Her story ties into the lore perfectly, and I hope we get to see more of her if we get more Steven Universe content.
The middle of the movie was the weakest part for me. I thought the plot we went through for the main set of characters was rather tropey, and although they handled it better than most, I would have preferred to see the rest of the Crystal Gems be a bit more active in the story. The B team had it’s time to shine, and that was nice to see, but for the first half of the movie I wish the main cast had been a little more there. It was mainly Steven’s journey, which I get he’s the main character of the show, but having the Gems come into play at the end of the movie instead of being active players throughout I was a little disappointed happened. Like I said, the mid-section of the movie wasn’t bad, I just wish it had been handled a little differently.
If you’re a fan of Steven Universe music, oh boy are you in luck! This movie is packed with songs. For me, I wish there were a little less songs, even though I liked every song in the movie: At a certain point, it felt like they just were padding the movie instead of filling it with character interactions, which is what I prefer in Steven Universe. I think cut maybe 3 or 4 songs from the movie, add more character moments, and there would be a nice balance between story and music in the movie. As it stands, it feels like they filled the movie with songs to fill out a soundtrack. Which is fine, but when it hinders the story telling a bit I think is when you need to cut down, and it personally got there for me music-wise.
As far as watching it blind is concerned, Steven Universe has never been tooooo great at making it obvious what is happening when the characters aren’t talking. During some of the songs they have important plot points happening, and sadly Wikipedia doesn’t really go into in depth detail about what is happening in the movie for it to be perfectly clear. I wish there was a bit more description in the show, or at least have audio description for the show so it’s easier to follow without watching with sighted friends.
All in all, I enjoyed the Steven Universe movie. I think about 30 minutes could have been cut from its run time because of the previously stated tons of music, but said tons of music didn’t make the viewing experience any less enjoyable. I really hope we get more content in this Universe (I really want more of the Diamonds please) and I think this movie is a great addition to the universe of Steven Universe. I highly recommend watching this movie if you’re a Steven Universe fan, and if you’re not worried about major spoilers for the show, give it a watch if you’re curious. It gives a good indication of the show’s highs and lows, and overall is super fun to watch.
Have you seen the movie? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!