The Battle For Mewni Review
After months of waiting, the Star vs The Forces of Evil movie have finally aired! Ever since the season finale aired, I have been thinking about all the things that could happen in the season 3 premieres. My hype for season 3 only increased after learning that it was going to be a movie event and seeing the promo! It seemed like this was going to be the Star vs the Forces of Evil equivalent of Gravity Falls Weirdmagedeon! So after watching the movie, I can say without a doubt that it was…..kind of a letdown. Don’t get me wrong, I by no means hated or disliked this episode, but it really didn’t live up to my expectations. Though before I go over my issues of the movie/episodes, let’s go over what was good about it.
Ludo continues to grow more as a character.
Despite the threat that he has become a more dangerous threat, he still remains
to be the same comedic villain from season one. Yet it’s obvious that while he
does seem to want power and respect, he also seemed to want to be liked by
others. I really liked how upset he was at Glossaryck for making fun of him for
talking to the book since Ludo thought that they were becoming friends, though
I don’t think Glossaryck was trying to be mean spirited. However the
moment he truly shines (beside “killing” Toffee) was when he asked Star to
throw him into the abyss so that he could work out his issues and find himself.
The moment really shows how Ludo have changed since season one since he is
recognizing that he have a lot of things that he need to work out.
Learning more about Moon. It was really nice to see her as a teenager and see the burden she had to deal with due to her mother murder. Her relationship with River is adorable, the way she strolled into the monster camp was totally badass, and seeing her be honest with Star about how scared she is.
Meeting Eclipsa and learning more about her. Despite the fact that she’s referred to as the Queen of Darkness, she seem to be a kind and gentle person. I have a feeling that this isn’t an act, and I am curious to learn more about her
The touching reunion of Star and Marco. Just seeing Star hug Marco for those couple of heartwarming seconds melted my heart. I understand why they didn’t bring up the whole “Star having a crush on Marco” situation since they were currently dealing with Ludo/Toffee, so I’m curious to see what will happen with that in season 3.
The new ending song is freaking awesome! I remember reading that the new ED song would be something out of an anime and man that was just the perfect description!
Marco resistance team were entertaining (especially the mime, the mime is a genius)
Marco helping out River and showing him that he does have the potential inside of him to be a good ruler without Moon at his side
Seeing Marco literally punch a hole in Toffee body for killing Star
For an event called “The Battle of Mewni” there wasn’t that much action. All promos were hyping up some kind of epic battle in the movie. Yet the movie barely had ANY fighting in it! How can you call the event “The Battle of Mewni” and not have any actual epic fights? I wasn’t expecting it to be a DBZ episode full of fighting, but something would have been cool
For example, the show hinted that Moon and Toffee had a past with each other and that Moon fought Toffee. I thought it would be some kind of epic duel in which Moon was fighting for her life, but nope! All she does is stand still; cast a spell, and blasts off Toffee finger! And the worst thing, Toffee just walks off and Moon just let him instead of finishing him off! Seriously, he killed her mother, and River doesn’t even attempt to chase after him and finish the job!
Moon interaction with Buff Frog was kind of weird. Like I get it, a monster killed her mother, so I understand why she wouldn’t be a fan of hanging with monsters. Yet in “Face the Music” she didn’t seem to show as much discomfort around Ludo family as she did with Buff Frog. Maybe it was because Ludo family is royalty? Still though, I do like that by the end of the episode she does seem to have grown a friendship with Buff Frog since they are both parents.
Toffee doesn’t come off as threatening once he regains his body. He doesn’t try to seek revenge by killing Moon; he simply walks away after dealing with Moon and Marco. Like I get that he’s a villain who plays the long game, but I thought he would have at least tried to kill Moon after finally getting his body back/
Star was a bit frustrating during this movie. In the first part, I can understand why Star is ready to just go to the castle and take on Toffee. She has always been that character who is never afraid to back down from a fight since she’s confident in her abilities, so I’m not mad at that. What make me a bit mad is that after Moon tells Star the gravity of the situation, she doesn’t seem to take it seriously enough. Like I get it, Star want to go to the kingdom and save her dad despite the risks, I get that. But after hearing that Toffee killed her grandma, I feel like Star should have at least come up with a plan instead of just winging it. Again, I know she normally wing things, but in this scenario she’s just kind of reckless.
The movie didn’t really delve into Toffee past as much as I thought it would. Like there are still so many unanswered questions. How and why did Toffee decide to kill Moon mother? How does he know about the whispering spell? What was Toffee plan after regaining his body, and more? How was Toffee tainting the magical energy exactly? And more!