On the other side of the world, there exists another mysterious, mirror-like dimension known as the Reverse World. In this unique space lives the legendary Pokemon Giratina, a god-like Pokemon who soon finds itself in a great struggle with the legendary Pokemon Dialga! Why are these two Pokemon fighting? And what is the secret of this Reverse World?
Meanwhile, Satoshi and his friends are traveling when they are greeted by yet another legendary Pokemon, Shami. This cute and somewhat cheeky Pokemon holds the secret to the battle between the two god Pokemon, but something unexpected happens to it during its journey. In order to save both worlds, Satoshi joins forces with it to stop the fighting once and for all!
As the 11th movie to come out for Pokemon, I seriously think this one higher than recent ones (Manaphy's film coming to mind). I found that not only did it achieve what it was meant to (admittedly, to advertise Platinum) but gave a great story while doing so, though it had some pitfalls here and there.
To be clear, I find my enjoyment score biased on behalf of Giratina. ^^;
I found that the story itself was smooth, and the fact that is brought in some information from the 10th movie (Dialga vs Palkia vs Darkrai) was great, and showed continuation (unlike many of the movies,
whose storylines stay fixated in their own space bubble). I did enjoy how Shaymin's journey to the Garden ended up leading Ash and co right into the Zero and Giratina conflict, instead of Ash and co immediately jumping into it - so there were ultimately two plots. As I'll explain in detail later, the villain in this movie was exceptionately good and well-crafted for this installment. He effectively posed a great threat to the world. And, as expected, there are plenty of instances of humor.
Though Pokemon artwork may not come close to some animes, I believe FOR Pokemon, the art was a "very good". I appreciated the Reverse World, to name something in particular. It certainly set the mood as a place fit for a Pokemon like Giratina (spooky and almost like a dangerous fun house). However, things like Zero's giant ship/machine was...out of place. It was a little too 3D for the 2D world it was thrown into. However, that's a matter of taste. It's the same effects of Pokemon 2000's catching sky-mecha.
I always find that the sound effects in Pokemon movies are actually quite good, and that's no different here. For Giratina in particular, I think the sounds they had it emit fit it very well, very "other-worldly". As usual, background music fits. After that, I don't really pay attention to this area much.
And here's where it gets interesting. Ash and co are generally the same as they are in the show - kinda corny, good-hearted people who would help any Pokemon in need. (take that any way you please). That's to be expected. Now for the real characters, because to be completely honest, I felt the whole time Ash and co (as well as Team Rocket, for that matter) took a back seat and watched the new characters have the spotlight.
Shaymin and Giratina were the "stars" of this movie, and certainly played as so. I liked that Giratina was made out to be a villain the whole time and then at the end, it really wasn't, which made it seem like a guardian at his post - doesn't care about anything else but it's duties, even when people are trying to help. Shaymin, on the other hand, I didn't like so much. I know some people might get tired of it's stuck-up-ness after the first few times. It just gets irritating, especially in the dub. Bascially, it acts like a spoiled brat. Upon turning into Sky Form, it gets better, but it doesn't stay like that long enough to save the character. -.-
Zero, the true villain of the movie was great, and so pulls the whole score up to where it is. I did find him similar to the second movie's villain, in that he is trying very hard to capture a legendary Pokemon and has a large, souped up machine to aid him. However, his objective is completely different. In fact, his diabolical plans have nothing more to do with Giratina but take its powers (in the process, killing it, though it's not mentioned outright) and ruling the Reverse World. He is completely insane...and I love him. XD
Personally, I really did enjoy it, but in effect, I felt it short and then even lacking at parts. It starts off with a bang and ends beautifully and the climax is all there...it's just that rising action that wasn't very...action-y. There was some information to take in, but a lot of it was filled up with trips to the reverse world and fights against Zero's hoard of Magnemite. Hard to explain...all I can say is that if you loved movie 2, you'll like this one.
Overall, I give it an 8, biased as I might be.XD I think any Pokemon fan will like this one, whether its for one specific reason or not. I don't think it's possible to like everything about it, but it is entertaining for one reason or another.
One thing Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior does really well is making us want to travel with Ash and Shaymin to the flower fields. Too bad the movie doesn't let us.
I've got two main gripes with this one. The far bigger one is Zero himself. The villain in this feature is an overly designed, white haired, badly tempered wunderkind. Impossible magical technology and fantastical flying CGI fortress included. Hastily screwed backstory and inane dialogue, too.
Gripe number two is lack of a character arc for Shaymin. The film essentially starts as a completely different beast than it ends up end. We're treated to a vulnerable
pokemon crossing paths with our heroes. It's Shaymin, the purifier of nature. He's being hunted by Giratina and in order to secure himself, he needs to meet up with other Shaymin at the fields high up in the mountains. Altruistic as always, our team decides to help and thus we've got an adventure. Shaymin is rude to them time to time, especially Ash. He's not really likeable, at least not all the time. Acting like a brat, you may think it's his way of coping with the feeling of powerlessness. Unfortunately, by the end he's not learned anything - he's exactly the same as he is at the start. All the film makers had to do was rewrite ten lines and there'd be an arc in here, but no - making a mischievous brat is enough to please the kids in the audience. They're not thinking of making a good film. Rather they're working in cheap jokes for the kids.
This is a shame, because the film could have been a great character focused adventure, something pokemon have a knack for. Each time they decide not to focus on it, that is. This leaves me to my second point. Shaymin's neither terrible nor unbearlable, thus the film should have been a good adventure, even if a bit shallow. This is where my first gripe comes in. Half way throughout the film, as you enjoy the landscapes, Zero butts in. Proceeding to derail the film, Zero makes every scene he's in cringeworthy or boring. His plan makes no sense. His backstory is a hastily thrown out one-liner. His beliefs inane ramblings of a madman. Action he offers lasts too long and more often than not, borders on stupid. Due to bad writing, it's not particularly engaging, either.
While there are a few neat moments, such as Regigigas appearing, the film ends up a very flawed character focused story and a bad villain-of-the-film flick. Reverse world was a fun location, even if somewhat underwhelming. A few locations looked gorgeous and Shaymin's interaction with other Pokemon were pretty fun. Giratina stole every scene it was in. In the end this film falls right in the middle. There are multiple good scenes here. The question is whether it's worth watching the whole thing. Since it's the middle part of a 'trilogy' (using the word very loosely), I recommend giving it a spin if you're on the edge.
As a childhood pokemon fan I was actually excited for this movie, especially when I heard it was going to deal with platium but also be a sequeal to the rise of Darkrai. Well it actually wasn't that good and only mentioned it'd prequal once or twice. Sure the animation and characters were all good, but the story bored me even though it was creative. It had a sort of "Protect the earth" kind of vibe to it and even though I'm a green person I'm getting pretty sick of the message here. Now you might all hate me for saying this, but everyone
has their own opinion and mine is this is one of the worst pokemon movies yet.
Reverse World is by far one of the most fascinating things about the whole Pokémon world; the design, the rules, its Ying and Yang position with the real world... truly awesome.
Giratina, one of the new legendary Pokémon who appear in this film, wasn't bad either, and getting a glimpse of Dialga, one of my favorites, didn't make the experience any worse (although there was a bit of a plot hole there in the end).
Shaymin, however, was one of the most annoying characters by far in the history of Pokémon. Perhaps intentionally so, who knows... Sure, there was comedy there, especially between Shaymin and Ash, but
the Pokémon's behavior and attitude just didn't work.
Other than that, another movie with a good plot, but there were holes here and there. It didn't run smoothly. The beginning seemed a bit too slow and confusing, but after that it was a rather enjoyable ride to the end.
Newton Graceland didn't get nearly enough screen time or depth, or his relationship and life in Reverse World, and same has to be said about the "villain" Zero (who is one of the best villains in Pokémon so far, I think). They could have had a much bigger impact if we truly understood them and their history/motives.
Not a bad movie, and well worth the watch. Standard Pokémon quality for sure.