Many millennia ago, a meteor from space which threatened to destroy the world was stopped by Arceus who intervened to protect the world. While attempting to protect the world, Arceus was badly injured and Damos (ダモス) took care of it. As gratidude, Arceus promised to help make the desolate land of Michīna rich and prosperous so it gave Damos the Jewel of Life (命の宝玉).
Arceus let Damos borrow 16 parts of its body to create the Jewel of Life which were to be returned to it on a specific date. Arceus was betrayed when it was not returned and it vowed to judge humans when it awakens.
Many millennia after these events, Satoshi, Hikari and Takeshi arrive in the riverside town of Michīna (ミチーナ) which is surrounded by nature's beauty. They decide to go the ruins of Michīna which are at the summit of a large rock. There is a large and beautiful lake at its shores and Satoshi and friends are fascinated by the lake, but suddenly, waves begin to form in the lake and tornado of water begins to wreak havoc.
A descendant of Damos, a girl called Sheena, runs out from the ruins of Michīna. Sheena saw what was happening and she summoned Dialga and she says "Dialga, please!" and Dialga manages to stop the tornado.
Satoshi and his friends finally get to see the ruins and Kevin and Sheena tell the old legend of Michīna to Satoshi and his friends. Moments after they explain the legend, the fighting between Dialga, Palkia and Giratina becomes fierce and the ruins of Michīna are destroyed. Arceus is awoken...
Arceus and the Jewel of Life, also known as 劇場版ポケットモンスター ダイヤモンド&パール アルセウス 超克の時空へ 主人ガーマドン, is the closing part of the Diamond and Pearl Pokmeon trilogy. Centered around Dialga and Palkia, followed by Giratina and Shaymin, this film unveils Arceus, the Pokemon god. All the previously explored legendaries make an aprearence too. Except for Shaymin.
Deciding to go the epic route, this film had some big shoes to fill. The Rise of Darkrai was the best film since Latios & Latias and considering that it thrumped 5 films since, Arceus's Jewl had a lot to prove. Opting to use the classic time travel story with all the classic time travel tropes, they obviously emulated Darkrai's approach. Arceus's trilogy-closer fell short in the end, but not spectacularly, mind you. Being a fine watch, it offered nice action, occasional bad CGI and a questionalbe timetravel story.
What stands out here is the ammount of mayhem and overt destruction the legendaries cause. For example, mountain is split apart before our eyes. In Darkrai's flick, the world is being peacefully eroded by pink ether. Darkrai used this threat as a plot mover while Arceus finds its use more in the ecstatic violence for its own sake. And it works. There's a lot of it, but never enough to get boring.
Timetravel plot itself is servicable. I've found some joy in recognising all the classic time travel tropes. While the whole thing almost never feels as serious as it should be and there's quite a few nitpicks and plotholes I can point to, what is there never gets too dumb to watch.
Arceus himself has an unambitious but slightly interesting story to tell. His most accomplished moment at the screen is his moment of preil, near the end. Not wishing to spoil it, I'm not going into details. This is where the film really shines for a few minutes.
There's not much else to say. To recap: The story is full of holes, but somewhat competently string together. Action is pretty good. Arceus has a fantastic scene or two and the whole thing feels like a passable ending to the trilogy.read more
Well... After watch this movie, I want to make a review of this
The story was great. Honestly from Diamond and pearl movies this is the best. We see palkia, Dialga and Gitatina again and that was a sorprise. I thought this movie will decribe a Giratina and Dialga battle, but the battle was between this three and Arceus.
THe art was good. Not the best and not the worst. Its like always, so I put an 8 in art. The same goes to characters. The three protagonist are the same, and I think Sheena was a great chaacter.
I really enjoy this move. From pokemon movies that I saw isnt the best, I enjoy other pokemon movies more than this, so I put a 9
In oveerall I put an 8 becouse of this: There are more pk movies and are better than this, but this movie is really enjoyable.read more
I cannot help but feel a little disappointed. While this movie was another decent Pokémon film, it falls short when compared to the others.
To understand some of the images and references in this movie, I suggest you watch the two previous Pokémon movies first: "The Rise of Darkrai" and "Giratina and the Sky Warrior". You will better understand where those other legendary Pokémon are coming from.
As a rule, Pokémon movies aim to touch the audience and make them sympathize with the cause presented in the film. While I could understand Arceus' anguish, that was about it on an emotional level. This movie just didn't do anything for me.
They assumed too much, not bothering to work for it. Team Rocket was just tossed around for a few brief comical moments. Our heroes did nothing overly spectacular. The new characters remained empty and uninteresting. I'm not sure if I liked Arceus' voice, either (although that isn't relevant to the story, right?).
I guess after making 11 movies prior to this one made them a bit lazy and they didn't bother making this as sharp and dazzling as some of the other movies are. A shame, because there was potential in this. It was very nice to see Dialga and Giratina again, though.read more
To start off i have been a fan of Pokemon (like most of the people who watch these movies) but with this being the 15th movie in the series i think that the movies have had there hay-day.
To start off with i found the story Terrible. It feels like the same movie story the have been doing and still are doing for the last few years. Even though its a children's movie it needed something like the first movie which for me is still watchable to this day.
The art is something i do like in these movies and is getting better and better. I find the background bright colourful and enjoyable with some scenes i would love as a picture on my wall.
Im taking the sound quality from the English dub and found the songs and music great but what let me down was the characters voices. apart from Brock the other characters seem to have no emotion in there voice.
Characters have the same problem as the voice they show no emotion and just seem to be there for the ride.
Enjoyment compared to other pokemon movies is low for this one as it hasn't got the same enjoyability as previous movies.
Overall for art and some songs its a great movie and great for children getting into anime but if you after a plot heavy movie look elsewhere.read more