Alright it’s time for a megareview
Pokemon: Lucario And the Mystery of Mew
++ The opening scenes aren’t quite as good as for example the first movie or Deoxys, but they’re still very cool, especially the parts with Lucario’s aura vision, and the wide shots of the hundreds of Pokemon fighting.
– However, I don’t like how it gives a “European medival fantasy” atmosphere. I don’t like that stuff
+++ A really cool scene showing technology passing through the ages. looks more like the beginning of a history documentary than a Pokemon movie, but still super cool.
Aww it’s a Pichu! So cute.
++ Pikachu’s horrified expression
The animation once again looks excellent, though I don’t like the uses of extremely obvious CGI.
– Terrible song playing during the battle. I don’t like the theme “Unbeatable” at all.
++ The battle is good, though.
++ Brock’s heart-eyes
Man the CGI background people look really obvious, like DS graphics
Aww I like the scenes of the Pokemon playing around.
- The guy’s swirly eyes
Ha Lucario’s voice reminds me of Shadow the Hedgehog
++ Mime Jr. well…miming Brock
— Lucario saying “I don’t have any friends, and I don’t want any” in THAT voice makes me cringe
++ Ash and May’s weird eyes
Boo Ash gets a cold from…falling into water. I hate how shows still follow that Old Wive’s Tale
Oh look we have the scene of Lucario eating chocolate that caused everyone to think it likes it.
+++ The atmosphere starting around the 40 minute mark is really good! Music+animation+etc makes it seem really epic. Especially the Time Flower part
++ A nice emotional scene with Ash apologizing to Lucario
Lol Regirock’s voice sounds like a dubstep voice sample
+++ Lovely scene introducing the Tree of Beginning.
Jessie and James hug out of fear! Rocketshipping
Alright now things are picking up further. The movie wasn’t really so hot at first but has got gradually better.
Wow first Jessie and James get absorbed and pre much ded, now Brock, May, and Max are all dead
+++ The entire Tree of Beginning part is really cool and intense so far.
Woah, Ash died. For the second time
++ And his death was nicely emotional, and Mew resurrecting everyone looked very lovely.
Team Rocket hug again. Rocketshipping
+++ Extremely cool, but short, flashback to Sir Aaron’s death
+++ The climactic scene with Ash and Lucario both using their aura was really, really nice as well.
+++ And finally, though not quite the emotional gut-punch of, say, 4Ever, the death of Lucario was really emotional. It was especially poignant for playing the death of Sir Aaron over it, really capturing the parellels between the two characters.
A good movie.
The first half or so was pretty weak. I didn’t like the use of Medival Fantasy elements, (never been a fan of those), and the plot wasn’t very interesting at first. The Rescue Pikachu stuff wasn’t really very engaging, and the whole ball scene was way too long.
But by the halfway point of the movie, and especially by the point when the Regis were introduced, things got very interesting with the Tree of Beginning plot and the whole time flower stuff, and it built until the ending of the movie, which was as intense and emotional as expected for the franchise.
The action scenes were quite good, and though there wasn’t much good humor, there was a lot of nice emotional moments especially, once again, the ending.
And as usual, the animation and atmosphere was great. The CGI was cringeworthy at times but for the most part things looked very lovely, especially scenes like the intro to the Tree of Beginning and the opening scene, but the entire final half felt really nice and “epic” too.
So it’s not one of my very favorites, but quite good. 7.5/10.
…And with that, the 4K!DS era is done. However maligned the dubbing might be, I enjoyed it. There was some cringeworthy parts (“These donuts are great!”) but they didn’t do much in the way of censorship or plot-altering, and the voices were usually good.