40 years ago, a Celebi was being attacked by a Pokemon Hunter. Luckily, a young boy named Sammy saved Celebi. Using its Time Traveling power, Celebi transported himself and Sammy 40 years into the future. There, Ash, Misty, and Brock assist Sammy to the healing lake in the forest so they can heal the wounded Celebi. Unfortunately an evil Team Rocket member, Viscious a.k.a. "The Iron Masked Marauder", tries to capture Celebi using his technology. As Ash and Co. try to get away from Viscious, they also run into Jessie, James, and Meowth, who also want to capture Celebi. Soon it becomes a race against time to get Celebi and Sammy back to the forest before Celebi is caught and is used to destroy the forest and themselves.
Pokemon 4EVER is not only the worst English Pokemon title, but arguably the worst film in the series. Shallow in every way, there's not much good you can say about this film. Frankly, the only positive constant throughout the film is the gorgeous art. In a few of its quiet moments you really feel like you've been transported into a heavenly forest. There's also a fun sequence consisting of a battle against a pokemon trainer and the ensuing battle against time, as Ash runs to an already departing ferry.
On a more rant-y side of things, the cringeworthy introduction of the main antagonist is hard to watch. As his terrible (in both dub and sub) evil laugh spreads throughout the forest, your brain will hurt - how did he invent EDGY pokeballs that turn pokemon souls evil and have an effect of leveling pokemon to level 100? Wait, he has an awkward spider mech now? Movie, please, can we please go back to Ash?
Another victim of the film is the dialogue. After the pretty good (subbed) dialogue in the first film, servicable dialogue in the second and some really good lines in the third, this film treats us to really cringey stuff. Beyond that, the whole plot is filled with contrivances and nonsense in general. Following the bad choices from the second movie, all science and logic are thrown out of the window. Nothing makes sense and nobody tries to explain anything. This film presents us with the first braindead Pokemon fantasy ride instead of a (more or less) realized Pokemon fantasy world.
Character development doesn't exist. There's no complexity to any of the characters and there's a blatantly obvious "Okay, this will be the character development scene" that does nothing. It felt like a made for tv movie aimed at kids aged 3 to 5. This unintentionally turns to self parody with Ash graciously flaunting Celebi's dead body into the screen as a cheap way of making us cry (before reviving him because you can't have death in a Pokemon film!)
In conclusion, there's not much good in here. I wouldn't recommend it if you like bad movies because Celebi: The Meeting that Traversed Time simply falls flat. It isn't especially enraging, either. To sum it up in one short sentence: It exists. After all of this, I would still recommend it to hardcore pokemon and Celebi fans who wish to feel comfy in a beautiful forest.read more
quite honestly, i know the pokemon movies have been getting some eh reviews but i personally think they are pretty good.i understand that they aren't directly related to the shows but that's okay in my book really, this one is no different. the story does remind me of princess mononoke but i rather liked the nature feel of the whole thing. i enjoyed the art, a new yet familiar design to how i remember pokemon to be. i liked all the voice acting and characters..well lets just say i got a surprise with one of them. i enjoyed the use of the original group and i would say this movie is pretty good for anyone who is a pokemon fan and has some free time.read more
See?! Even I could easily give this movie a much better title, and I'm so high on sugar right now, that you don't even know! I know, that I'm not supposed to have such a high expectations towards this movie, since the first three movies were awesome to me - if humbly flawed, to some degree - but this... Argh! This is not a good time, to be called a pokemon fan, spoiled by the awesomenes of Mewtwo, Entei and Lugia! To be honest, I'm not sure, what to call this movie. Technically, this should be rated as a bad anime, but I can't really call this a shitpie-level bad, so... Yeah. Let's call this movie, with its real name. Pokemon 4Ever: The Fanservice - because, seriously... there's not much else, what this movie can really offer, even for a fans of the series!
My biggest problem with this movie, is the story, which is suprising, since the premise to this movie is actually quite decent - at best - with time traveling, sacred forests, ever-so-japanese springs of life, new legendary pokemon, and all that good jazz. But, to follow that all-so-tired 90's trendmark of enviroment vs man, why oh why did we need that very same shtick pastered into this movie too?! We didn't - Blinky Bill took that part to the ludicrously preachy levels ages ago! Why not keep it nice, and simple for just a once, you guys, and let the story have conflict, without third-hand-policy?! Humans are boring, as a villains, if they're not correctly motivated, and this villain, is not - is he even a villain, I honestly cannot say! All he wants, is money, and power, but he's also so stupid, that he refuses to sell those 'dark' pokeballs of his, that will exhalirate any pokemon potential to the fullest possible point, thus turning them into... evil? Kay! Hook some brother in with those, and you'll have a mint in no time! Boring as hell, and just... stupid, as hell! And let's not talk about our favourite terrorist group, Cobra... no, the Team Rocket, because let's face it... they're not doing anything worth mentioning!
And Suicune... why was he there? No, seriously... why was he there - it is a 'he', right?! He kinda just... was there, and now he is there, and no... he isn't there. Really? That's it?! Really?! Seriously, what a wasted potential! What this movie desperately needed, was some serious re-writing, and better CGI - it hurt my eyes! Hear me out... If Celebi was this... protector of the forest, or what not, and Suicune was... also there, then why couldn't there be some sort of power strugle, between two legendary pokemon - with epic proportions, 'course! - of who's got the right to be the true protector of this... sacred forest, that no one truly really exactly cares anyway? And... Ash being there, for... some reason, because... he doesn't age? That would have been so much more interesting to watch, than this wild goose-chase, with this washed-up loser-bad guy, with stupid name - his name is Vicious, btw - with no real motivations, absolutely hollow and pointless plans, and a personality of a wallpaper! Kinda the same, what they did with the second movie, but... second movie was good! And this time, Ash wouldn't have to be this messiah, or martyr, or anything like that - just be there, and your MC-powers will prevail! And the ending... oh my Grisaia the ending! So stupid... so very, very... stupid! Ouch!
For what this movie actually was, it felt more like a Captain Planet episode, mixed in with pokemon, and I didn't like that! Usually, pokemon movies are very personal at their stakes and consequenses, when saving the world, and learning something new about the world, about themselves, or something like that, but this... I couldn't find any of these things, from this movie. Nothing was learnd, nothing was changed, and all that needed saving, was this stupid forest, that no one cares! Theres nothing for Ash to do, so... why was he even there?! And those steam-punk pokepalls... I'm not even going there - all the missed possibilites hurt my very soul! The story itself, isn't even that strong to beging with, so that no real stakes, consequenses, motives or themes can't really occure, when compared to the first three movies - expecially the third! - and Celebi... is just a another Mew, but less with personality. Lucky him... Suicune had absolutely nothing to give!
Giving this movie a solid 5, almost seems too high into my critical eye, but I must be honest... I actually quite enjoyed this movie. To the degree, with flaws and all! It was, what pokemon fans can expect it to be, but nothing else, really, and that poor CGI... ugh! Let's not talk about that! If only this movie could have gotten itself out of the woods - no pun intented - then this movie, could have been on the par, with the first one, Mewtwo strikes back, but, since we really got just this wattered-down 'movie-special' about professor Oak, and better explanation for his undying trust to this goofball-Ash - yeah, spoilers, again - theres really nothing special to celeb-r-a-t-e. This movie is a solid for a hardcore pokemaniacs, and some of the regular fans might find this somewhat decent, but for a not-fans... try to find something else.
And hey... who has a charmeleon, and makes it use a headbud, in a battle?! Or a water-type, against electric-type?! Now that's just... wrong!
This movie is good, but not the best Pokémon film out there.
The art is beautiful, and even the computer-generated parts blend in without problems. The sound are the usual, and fit the film very well.
The plot takes its time, but no matter how deep and touching it tries to be, all that's really accomplished is a good attempt to connect emotionally with the characters. That is where the movie fails most.
For a change, it is nice to see there is someone in Team Rocket that gets the job done. And yet, like in all children's stories, the evil must not win. The good will prevail. No matter how strong and impressive the opposition, how desperate the situation, there is no way the good guys will lose.
Maybe I'm a bit old for this film and those alike it, but it also weakens the general structure of the film because they ruin the strong premise with something illogical that would never work in reality.read more