Steven Universe The Movie Review Part 3: The Gem That Started It All

Spoiler Warning! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, go watch it first! Review part 1 here, part 2 here!

Pink Diamond.

A very complicated, complex character that a lot of people have very strong feelings about. Myself included. But I think it’s important to look at every facet of her personality in order to really understand her. For the sake of this review, I’m gonna try to keep things focused on Pink’s involvement with Spinel BUT it’s inevitable that I’ll have to reference events that aren’t directly related to the movie so bear with me.

This one’s gonna be a doozie and I’m not even gonna be able to talk about everything I’d like to.

So let’s start with Pink’s relationship with Spinel.

Spinel was made specifically for Pink Diamond. A Pink that, by now, is well known for being silly, irresponsible, and altogether childish. So it makes sense that Spinel mirrors these traits. Spinel as she was is someone that many children would likely get along with. Hell, I would’ve loved to have a friend like Spinel. Someone who wouldn’t tire of playing and who could keep up with my energy and imagination would’ve been amazing!

But kids grow up. People change. And what we desire can shift our point of view.

As time passes, Pink realizes she’s not much more than a mascot for the empire. A figurehead that only exists to fill a role, not lead the people. And she looks at the other Diamonds, her family, and sees how little she contributes. Now as someone who has to actively try not to compare my contributions to others, I can relate. When I see other people doing more, it makes me want to push myself to do the same. And that’s exactly what Pink does.

But with the desire to become more responsible, to be seen as equally important and useful, Pink realizes she has to shed some of her more “childish” traits. AKA everything that Spinel was made for.

Pink leaving Spinel behind is her way of leaving behind everything she represents.

Many people do just this. We grow apart from friends we had when we were younger because people want different things. We change and grow and who we become might not get along with who “they” become. Whoever that “they” may be. And some people don’t change at all.

As sad as it sounds, you can’t deny that sometimes we outgrow people we used to love.

And Pink outgrew Spinel.

But leaving her–deceiving the one friend she’d had up to this point–by pretending to play a game is cruel. There’s no other way to phrase it. Pink saw a chance to achieve her new goals and she took it. Not thinking about the consequences of her actions and how they ripple out to affect others.

This lack of regard for others is a trait that follows Pink/Rose through the entirety of her life. Not to go into too much detail but faking her shattering, ordering Pearl to stay silent, fully embracing her identity as Rose Quartz to lead a rebellion, telling Garnet to never question herself or the relationship she embodies; All are examples of this flaw.

Personally, I’m of the opinion that Pink didn’t intend to harm so many. I believe she had good intentions at heart but she made mistakes. The first of her kind to reject the role she’d been born into. The first to embrace free will and humanity. All the beautiful and messy bits that make people so incredibly strange.

But unlike most humans, Pink/Rose didn’t have someone to guide her through right and wrong. No one was there to teach her that being free and having a choice still comes with consequences. It wasn’t really until she met Greg Universe that she finally started to understand what being human truly meant.

So what do we know? Pink has done many terrible things. She’s hurt people, some of whom she loved dearly. She was the catalyst to a number of hardships that people would have to deal with long after she was gone. And she helped some see that an unfair society’s expectation of them didn’t have to dictate their life.

Pink Diamond is, at her core, flawed. A perfect human.

There’s certainly more I could say about her, but I’ll have to save a full breakdown for another day.

Until next time x

Photo by Georgia de Lotz on Unsplash

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