Yes, I know the talk of the town is the season eight transformation reveal. I’ll share my thoughts on it another day. Today, let’s look back at the third Winx Club movie with a review by Jordan B. (By the way, you can watch the entire movie on the official Winx YouTube channel.)
Take it away, Jordan!
Mystery of the Abyss Review
~ By Jordan B. ~
The 3rd Winx movie — a movie that is hated by most of the fandom. But will it shine like the Pearl of the Depths or sink like stone? Time to find out.
What I Liked
• The piece before the intro sequence was nice and felt like something you’d see in a Wallace and Gromit episode.
• The animation of the courtyard presentation was very well animated, as was the animated Gardenia.
• The voices for Darcy and Stormy were not bad.
• The scene with the dog in Gardenia Park was funny.
• Politea was a better villain than Tritannus, since she knows how to get people to do what she wants.
• I liked the Sky Wilhelm scream bit.
• I found Sky using a branch to send Stormy flying funny.
• Sealing the portals into the Infinite Ocean was a smart move.
• The RAI English version of the Sirenix transformation was very good cause of the ending of the transformation sequence.
• The design of the Oblivion Dimension was very good.
• The evil Bloom reflection thing was very interesting, since it is a clever prison. That easily explains why no one has ever escaped from Oblivion.
• Stella’s dialogue about the half-off sale was amusing because Stella is a shopaholic.
• The Cinelumé VA for Tritannus is better than the Nick dub VA for Tritannus.
• The game of “keep away” with the pearl with the Selkies was amusing.
• Politea’s downfall being her underestimating the Winx was interesting and funny.
• I liked the song and the dance number before the end credits. It was interesting and well animated.
• The animation was very well done.
What I Did Not Like
• People dumping oil doesn’t make sense since, if I remember rightly, Flora’s Sirenix wish should mean that nobody harms the environment.
• Only Sky appeared in this one. Seriously?
• The Emperor’s Throne being left active. Seriously? Common sense should tell you to deactivate it so that no one can use it.
• More Sky and Bloom drama. Ugh.
• “Nothing will go wrong.” Yeah, nice one, Sky. You just jinxed it.
• The explanation for how Politea came back made no sense.
• Darcy’s spell being called Dark Spell. Seriously, what were they thinking?
• Tritannus was an idiotic villain since he closed the portals but forgot one portal was still open.
• Most of the dialogue and voice acting was bad.
• You’d think Sky would know by now that even after 5 years, Bloom won’t listen when someone she cares about is in danger.
• I thought the seal from the Pillar of Control was destroyed, because I counted the number of seals in the Emperor’s Throne, and there were 3.
• I saw Politia double-crossing the Trix and The Trix double-crossing Tritannus coming a mile away.
Well, overall, I enjoyed Mystery of the Abyss, although there were some inconsistencies with stuff established in the show. However, the final battle against Politea was the best part.
Now the animation was good, but in some places it felt like it didn’t flow properly. However, since this movie was made in part with animation used in season 5, I can understand why Rainbow did this to save money in the production of the film. And the voice acting wasn’t good, but it kinda makes me wonder what a RAI English season 5 would have been like.
Now onto to Politea. She was a better villain than Tritannus because she knew how to slow down her enemies and was good at manipulation.
Now, I have to raise the question about this movie, which is, “Does this film really deserve the hate it has?” And to be absolutely honest with you, I’d say no because of the movie’s own merits — while it has some problems, yes — given the pacing of how quickly the main plot and the annoying subplot interweaved with each other, and the animation was enjoyable to watch. And if you ask me, this movie is better than Magical Adventure.
• The Sirenix transformation’s ending sounds like that someone forget to change the batteries on the tape player. (Seriously, I’m not kidding. The first time I heard the sequence in the movie, my thoughts were, “Okay, who forgot to change batteries on the tape player?”)
• The Winx have rescued Tecna from Omega, so escaping Oblivion shouldn’t be too hard.