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.
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.
A BIG step down from the first three, but still generally enjoyable overall.
The main problem was that the generic "guy tries to capture Pokemon" story was nowhere near as interesting as the stories of the first three. Though halfway through, with Celebi being possessed, things did get real, and it got interesting from that point.
And aside from the weak story, it was great. Sam and Ash's friendship was really cute, and there was a lot of nice, cute bonding moments. The animation was beautiful, and there was a number of drop-dead gorgeous scenes. Celebi was very cute, and there was some good humor especially
from Team Rocket.
But once again, what secured it's grade was the direction. Things really pick up halfway through, and it keeps getting better and better until the climactic scene, which is possibly the single definitive moment of the series.
As a whole, a big step down but a good movie overall.
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 critical 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 writing. 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 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. Did you notice I wrote that in singular? Yes, that's because the movie has only one and it's forced as fuck. It felt like a made for tv movie aimed at kids aged 3 to 5 that 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, though.... I would still have to tentatively recommend it to hardcore pokemon fans who watched the whole anime series and after all of that have no standards left whatsoever. They might enjoy the few comfy moments in this movie's beautiful forest. For a few minutes at least.
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.