An ancient prophecy tells of a day when the titans of ice, lightning, and fire are disturbed. When this occurs, Lugia, the guardian of the sea, will rise up and restore harmony. Enchanted by the words of the prophecy, Gelardan, a Pokémon collector, sets out on his airship with a dreadful plan to capture Lugia by going after these three titans.
After Gelardan makes his move, drastic climate change begins to take place, as terrible storms start popping up all over the globe. One such storm causes the ship carrying Pokémon trainers Satoshi, Kasumi, and Kenji to drift off course and land on Earthia Island. Upon arriving, Satoshi is told of the ancient prophecy, and of his destiny as the chosen one who will help Lugia restore balance to the world.
With the fate of the world in his hands, Satoshi must summon the courage to face the chaos that threatens to tear everything apart and stop Gelardan.
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...)
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.
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 watered down or missing older ones, then problems appear.
The most obvious difference between the first and the second movie is the setting. First movie was set inside a bulbeous lovecraftian castle shrouded by a terrifying storm. There was no attempt at topping this, which is a good thing. Bigger doesn't equal better. It merely leads to excess. Unfortunately, the setting of the second movie is underwhelming. It
revolves around a generic tropic archipelago. Still, while the location sounds unremarkable and it most certainly is, the movie does toy with viewer's expectations by using the plot to turn tropical paradise into a cold wasteland.
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 movie, which will be discussed further on. Still, all is not bad. As plot progresses and natural disasters strike, we get a wonderful scene of Professor Oak improvising an explaination of the shifting ocean currents to journalists, using a notebook and a pen. Scenes like this give the movie unique flavor and let us immerse ourselves in the world easier. They let us understrand the threat and which exact things are at stake. Due to moments like this we can believe Pokemon world is a tangible alternate reality instead of a bog standard fantasy rollercoaster experience.
Unfortunately, we also get a flat villain with a magical castle that makes no sense and the movie is happy to just ignore it all. Used as a plot necessity (that's not neccesary, really), the flying castle is one of the low points of the movie. Fortunately, its 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 movie featured some nice references for adults. For example, the clone production machine's shape was clearly inspired by the Fibonacci squence, signaling creation of life. I haven't noticed any such ideas in this movie, which is a shame.
While there was some interesting subtext in character interaction, there was no payoff in the end. Any complexities characters could've had were ultimately played for laughs, while conclusions and follow ups were not bothered with. This, along with some points raised previously, grounds the movie firmly in the mindless action camp.
With the movie not bothering to make characters and locations interesting, its plot would need a miracle to end up written well. And so it wasn't. Fortunately for the movie, action was good and the high stakes were communicated successfuly. The action scenes were where the budget went and it shows. Some credit should also 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 this movie's budget was the same as the previous, but the movie 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 the point 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.
Look at the top ten most successful anime at the American box office and its... almost all Pokemon, other toy/card game show adaptations, and Studio Ghibli films. But what other anime films have managed to make money in their limited releases?