Steven Universe: The... (2019)

# 16228 IMDb

Steven Universe: The Movie (2019

Director: Rebecca Sugar

Stars: Christine Ebersole, Charlyne Yi, Uzo Aduba, Kate Micucci, Patti LuPone

Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Mystery, Sci-Fi (1h 30min)

USA USA

Rated 8.5 after 541 votes on 04-Sep-19.

Plot

Steven thinks his time defending the Earth is over, but when a new threat comes to Beach City, Steven faces his biggest challenge yet.

Cast

Rebecca Sugar (director) Zach Callison Estelle Michaela Dietz Deedee Magno Tom Scharpling Grace Rolek

Zach Callison (Steven Universe (voice)), Estelle (Garnet (voice)), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst (voice)), Deedee Magno (Pearl (voice)), Tom Scharpling (Greg Universe (voice)), Grace Rolek (Connie Maheswaran (voice)), Matthew Moy (Lars Barriga (voice)), Kate Micucci (Sadie Miller (voice)), Shelby Rabara (Peridot (voice)), Jennifer Paz (Lapis Lazuli (voice)), Uzo Aduba (Bismuth (voice)), Charlyne Yi (Ruby (voice)), Patti LuPone (Yellow Diamond (voice)), Erica Luttrell (Sapphire (voice)), Lisa Hannigan (Blue Diamond (voice)), Christine Ebersole (White Diamond (voice)), Toks Olagundoye (Nanefua (voice)), Aimee Mann (Opal (voice)), Chance the Rapper (voice), Gallant (voice), Sarah Stiles (Spinel (voice))

Credits

Produced by

Chance the Rapper (executive producer), Joseph D. Johnston (executive producer), Ian Jones-Quartey (executive producer), Brian A. Miller (executive producer), Kat Morris (co-executive producer), Jennifer Pelphrey (executive producer), Alonso Ramirez Ramos (co-executive producer), Rob Sorcher (executive producer), Rebecca Sugar (executive producer), Tramm Wigzell (executive producer)

Music

Comment

I love the show and I was pleased with how the last season ended, and was thrilled to hear that a movie was being made. However, the end result just kinda falls short of what I was expecting.

I loved the songs throughout the whole show and the songs featured in the movie are some of the franchise's best, but there are too many to the point where the dialogue in between loses any impact because it's interrupted with another song.

Spinel is a mixed bag of a character. She showed good promise as a villain and her personality is likeable for a goofy villain, and it's obvious that she's modelled after 1930s cartoons, but her redemption arc is too fast and the motivations behind her actions are a little weak and unjustified. Also, her "default" setting was funny for a bit but ended up getting really annoying.

This might be controversial but I didn't like the story. I loved the opening sequence showing all the characters and whatnot but when they were all reverted back to their "default" settings, my eyes rolled and hoped it was just a short gag but it persisted for the entire movie so there was no character progression in any of the main cast, which was disappointing to see. I'm especially disappointed by the lack of screen time for Connie as the relationship between her and Steven, whether platonic or romantic, had potential to be expanded but she was only featured for a handful of minutes.

The characters in general just felt a bit off to me. Steven seemed way too serious and stiff, as opposed to being easygoing and goofy but also focused and able to rise to the occasion. Sure, it could be maturation of the character but he was just too goody-goody in this. Also, the new fusion was great but I was sad that there was only Greg/Steven and a short feature of Opal.

Overall, the film was decent enough if you don't think about it for too long and I think the fans of the show are gonna be divided in their opinions. This review sounds like I hated it, but it's because I hold the show in high regard, I'm critiquing it so harshly.

Pros:
Great songs
Good new character design for Steven
Spinel's animation and creative use of her abilities
Cool to see the new gems integrating into life on Earth

Cons:
Not much character progression
Characters feel robotic and stiff
Story was uninspired
Climax fizzles out
Felt rushed

Awards

None

Other titles

Steven Universe: The Movie ((original title)) • Вселенная Стивена: Фильм (Russia)

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Added on

04-Sep-19

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