I can pretty much say I was disappointed at this movie. It just didn't have the "this is a very crucial event" factor to it. In other pokemon movies all the events had weight in it. In this one its just very light stuff. The action sequences are always the highlight of Pokemon movies.And in this one it had decent to bad action scenes. The supporting cast is very useless as well. They had no use in the whole thing unlike the previous movies. The only thing this had going are the Legendary Pokemon. Rashiram, Zekrom and Victini are cool Pokemon. Though I had a problem with the some of the animations and colors they used on them. The dub is pretty much just good as its always been. My biggest complaint is the plot. It is just stupid and useless for me. It seemed like they didnt plan the plot to well. Filled with loose ends and a subpar conclusion.By far this is the worst movie in the franchise and I hope they do a better job next time. The Pokemon Universe is filled with pokemon and I just can't see how writers cant think of better ways to use this vast universe.
-Pokemon are present. Most are cute and some are cool looks
-Relationship between Ash and the Pokemon are fun to look at
-Decent action sequences
-Useless supporting cast
-Animation choices arent very good
I recommend this to any die hard pokemon fan. Its pretty much still a pokemon movie and we all know we need to watch it. But to light fans just see the other movies instead. The other movies have (in my opinion) a better plot and better use of other charactersread more
Pokemon Black & White sound great on paper. You've got a neat concept, great legendaries, character moments, scenery porn and superb animation. What a shame that two crucial ingredients are missing - originality and good dialogue.
Annunal Pokemon sequels bumped up animation slightly with almost every release. What caught me off guard, however, was a massive improvement with these two films. One thing that can't be understated is how nice Reshiram & Zerkrom look. For this reason alone, it's a joy to watch the films. But these two aren't aiming to be an audio-visual extravaganza. While the best thing I can say about audio production is that it did its job, I can't be as forgiving to other elements.
These films can be split into two parts. The character driven first and plot dirven second half. Both focus on different elements and both come up short in their own departments.
Throughout the first half, we're treated to quite a few neat situations. While watching, as I try to enjoy them, something rushes through my mind - images from previous films. Therein lies the problem. There's very little originality here. A garden with tastly berries? Already done in The Rise of Darkrai, better too. Running through the packed streets of an old town? Fifth film. Pokemon waking up Ash to enjoy the local sunrise? Series did it at least three times. I could go on, but I think the point has been illustrated. Black & White are plagued by moments already done better before. The battles at display here aren't very memorable, either.
Where the films really starts to fall, even for someone not familiar with the other works in the franchise, is the second half. The dialogue turns into a complete disaster. Characters won't talk to each other. They'll arbitrary decide to withold key information, just so the plot can go the way director envisioned. Baffling behavior of this kind creates numerous plot holes.
For films centered around Reshiram & Zerkrom, there's very little build up of them as legendaries. After all is said and done, they feel more like rare local pokemon, than legendaries. Their themes of Ideals & Truth, Yin & Yang, are barely touched by the films. Twice blurted out in expositional fashion, these lines feel like trailer material. Making the two virtually identical and replacing one with the other in each film creates a troubling statement. Equaling truth to idealism and implying they act the same is unforgivable. Then again, these two films don't even touch the subject.
As the mysterious dragon force raises the sword castle into space (yes, this actually happens), we're left to wonder about its nature. How does it work? Where does it come from? This isn't explained. We see the force almost destroy the world through a few very brief and nonthreatening scenes. The fact that the force acts as if powered by Yveltal and Xerneas is a mere curiosity for Pokemon fans. The truth is, this force is a lazy McGuffin and won't be mentioned ever again.
Lastly, there's Victini. This little f#cker is pretty damn cute. Throughout the films he's been handled well. Until the end, that is. Near the end he's treated to a faux death scene. I'm sick of these. Ash in the first movie, Celebi in third, Darkrai in tenth, Giratina in eleventh and Zoroark in thirteenth. The faux death has been overused and the manipulative nature of Victini's death is pathetic. We're treated to a scene of characters standing, spewing exposition, while sad music plays in the background for a minute - then revealing the little bugger alive. Even if they had to do this, is this the way it should have been done? No. They should've had an unexpected death, followed by a ten seconds of slowdown, just enough for characters to realize this really happen. Next you continue the plot, but slowing it down a bit, just so the audience can grief. Maybe have one or two lines about regret at the end of the film before revealing him to be alive in a creative fashion. I'm no film director, but I think I may know a bit more about making films than these guys do.
Ultimately, I would recommend these films to people craving some more Pokemon. It doesn't survive close up scrutiny, but looks pretty good. Enough for most people to enjoy, in any case. Sometimes, just sometimes, verbal ratings are true and 4/10 means decent (enough).read more
"Does the truth flow within you? Do you have what it takes to express your ideals?"
This movie (as a Pokémon movie) is garbage. The main fight was terrible and the legendaries had no real point. There was no real antagonist and for "Pikachu the Movie 14," Pikachu sure didn't do anything besides sit there and look awesome (which he does very well but I want to see him have a point. He is THE main character of Pokemon basically.)
The art and characters (as always, disregarding the digimon flying across the screen with jets) were good as always. The music (as always) are to die for. In fact, if I could watch this movie with no video and no voices and just the music, I'd do so a thousand times. read more
Well I assume that everyone that want to watching this are either Pokemon fans or at very least has a back story about Pokemon Movie
The story of this movie is pretty much the same as the other movie, Ash and his friends are traveling, and come to a town, meet new pokemon, new people that become friends, and in the town there are problem that they must solve, yeah pretty much it
Now the bad thing about this movie is that the plot is very shallow, the only important character are like just Satoshi and Victini, and unlike pokemon movies before it, the other legendary are just like to show off that this movie has Reshiram and Zekrom in it, not give we some great main danger or anything
Decent story like usual, great art, nice sound. If you want story that enjoyable for all member of family this should be enoughread more