A greedy collector, Lawrence III, wants to capture the legendary Pokemon, Lugia. But in order to do so, he must capture the Titans of Fire, Ice, and Lightning. The titans are powerful bird-like Pokemon, and if they are disturbed they will wage a war against eachother which will ultimately result in earth's destruction. Ash, Misty, and Tracey get caught up in the situation when they end up being washed ashore onto Shamouti Island. Soon after, Ash meets a girl named Melody who sends him into a mission where he must collect the 3 Orbs which will quell the fighting, but first Ash must gain help from the Beast of the Sea, Lugia, if he's to suceed.
Honestly I find this to be the best of all of the Pokemon movies. And after this, well, they just steadily got worse and worse.
The story was gorgeous, and the music was gorgeous!
I'm giving it 10/10 because, well. That's how I feel about it.
I'm not one to give away spoilers but let's just say this one has to do with the legendary birds and gets really heated and epic. Plus, who doesn't love Lugia? AND LUGIA'S VOICE. Might as well have been Morgan Freeman (in the dub, that is. And I'm not one who usually even likes dubs. Of course I was a kid when I first watched this...)
The second Pokemon movie is a step down from the first one in almost every way. This doesn't have to be a condemnation in and of itself, but when your movie doesn't have enough new elements to replace the played down or missing older ones, then problems appear.
The most obvious difference between the first and the second movie is the setting. First film was set inside a bulbeous lovecraftian castle shrouded by a terrifying storm. There was no attempt at topping this, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, second film revolves around a generic tropic archipelago. Still, while the location sounds underwhelming, and it most certainly is, the film does toy with viewer's expectations by using the plot to turn tropical paradise into a cold wasteland. Props to the film for doing that.
When discussing Pokemon movies, symbolism, foreshadowing and subtle set ups and payoffs don't generally come to mind. Neither does scientific accuracy nor explanations of any kind. This is because latter movies utilize magic by default, ushering in the age of "anything goes". This isn't the norm early in the series, although the first glimpses of this trend are being set in this film, which will be discussed further on.
In this movie we get a wonderful scene of Professor Oak improvising an explaination of the shifting currents to journalists, using a notebook and a pen. Scenes like this give the film unique flavor and let us immerse ourselves in the world easier. Due to moments like this we can believe Pokemon world's reality instead of it merely being used as an object on a fantasy rollercoaster experience.
Unfortunately, we also get a flat villain with a magical castle that gets no explanation. Used as a plot necessity, the flying castle is one of the low points of the film. Fortunately, it's design is nice to the eyes. Seeing the villain, Lawrence, quickly characterized as a member of wealthy nobility (grand European art and arhitecture included), really pulls these elements out of the gutter.
The first film had some nice symbols. For example the clone production machine having a form with clearly visible Fibonacci squence, signaling creation of life. I haven't noticed any designs signaling more than meets the eye in this film, which is a shame.
While there were some interesting quips and subtext in character interaction, there was no payoff and these were ultimately played for laughs, while conclusions were not bothered with. This grounds the film firmly in mindless action camp. Round this up with natives bordering on a bland wacky native stereotype and you get a flat film.
With the film forfeiting characters and locations, its plot would be a hard to write well. Thus, they didn't even try. They've stickied the weak plot onto the action. Fortunately for the film, action was good and the high stakes were communicated successfuly. The action scenes were where the budget went and it shows.
Lastly, some credit should be given to the atmosphere this work created. The strength of nature and wilderness were successfuly communicated, pushing the bland sections into enjoyable territory.
Considering the budget for this film was the same as the previous, but the film achieved much less in pretty much every area, it can be considered a disapointment. It was eclipsed by the vastly more complex and emotionally gripping predecessor and marked as a film that cemented future Pokemon releases as less and less ambitious, never to recapture the epic qualities of the first.
Still, was it a bad movie? I'll have to go with a firm no. While the complexities were done away with, the stakes, action and setting were different enough to stand out as their own adventure. Still, unless you're heavy on nostalgia, you won't remember this one in a few years.
"The Power of One" is watchable without many frustrations, but also devoid of ambition. Even if you're not a Pokemon fan you could have a mildly fun time with this one.read more
Probably one of the best Pokémon movies out there. The story was brilliant, an amazing job for Lugia’s voice (dubbed), the art was cool, and all in all, this is one of my favorite movies in the entire series!
And then there’s the Guardian’s song. It made my neck hairs stand, and all I could do was gaze at the television screen. Absolutely majestic.
I remember it was my 5th birthday and I was staying at a hotel. (17 now) but I had seen the commercials for this movie and played the pokemon monopoly game along with all the video games. When my mom handed me a gift that was wrapped in normal newspaper. I had received the first movie for my birthday along with the 2nd one for Christmas the next year. I was the happiest person than anyone in the world and I really loved looking at the cover art. But my favorites would definitely have to be this one and the third one.
Even though they have started changing the way the movies look by adding 3d backgrounds and its getting kind of ridiculous with the number of movies they have come out with. You gotta admit the first couple of movies were the best. I had always supported this series since the day it came out and I know a lot of people hold this series deep in their hearts because they grew up with it and we will probably watch them with out kids. But I just have to say that I love pokemon forever and always.read more