Reviewer: Rich (Webmaster)
on: Whole film
UK Distributor: Warner Home Video (DVD & VHS)
Okay, firstly I will point out that I am not a fan of the
series and have never played the computer games. In fact I’m not really
interested in Pokémon in the slightest after seeing a couple of episodes from
I hoped this film would be better than the series and, after a superb and
surprisingly deep and meaningful opening, I was completely disappointed. The
intro was well executed, with the genetically engineered Mewtwo questioning his
existence and his purpose in life, and left me thinking it would be a bit more
adult and have a better storyline than the series. However, the main characters
soon turn up and it becomes no different from every episode, with as many
Pokémon squeezed in as possible in order to sell more merchandise. The story
goes nowhere and has the most preachy, cheesy and formulaic Americanised ending
you have ever seen with yet more emphasis put on teamwork and the futility of
fighting - which is odd considering the whole phenomenon is based around the
idea of making these creatures fight each other.
In fairness this is a kids film, the animation and drawing is superior to the
series and fans will find plenty to keep them interested in what is essentially
a drawn out episode. However after the quite dark and meaningful intro most
people will feel a little disappointed that a decent enough idea was not taken
Best Bit: Mewtwo's creation.
Worst Bit: The cheesy and contradictory ending.