There is so much that I really want to talk about this movie, but I also don’t want to spoil anything.
I couldn’t wait for this movie. I haven’t been this excited for a movie in months. Pokemon is a massive staple from my childhood, and seeing it live-action made my heart sing. Every minute of the movie was a dream come true. Pokemon permeated every inch of the scenery, and they look amazing. Blink and you’ll miss them, there were that many pokemon in every scene. I think that the designers did an amazingly good job bringing the pokemon to life. They are almost all adorable and I wish that I could have them all. (Gotta catch ’em all, right?) The way that Ryme City was set up to include people living with pokemon together without battles, is awesome. It is utopia on the big screen.
I’m trying so hard to give you my thoughts without spoilers. But, all I want to do is yell about how much I loved this film.
Without spoilers, I can say that this film is very much a spiritual successor to Pokemon: The First Movie. It builds off a lot of themes laid out in The First Movie. Mewtwo’s involvement only solidifies that spiritual successor vibe. There is a line that references Mewtwo’s “escape from Canto 20 years ago,” as well as some fantastic winks to the show and lore. Having said that, the movie is incredibly accessible for someone who doesn’t know pokemon inside and out.
The story is a happy Pokemon story with some incredibly dark elements. The ending is satisfying, if a little rushed. Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith give stellar performances and their chemistry is A+. I really love the little nods to the fans, and I love the designs. Everything about this movie was a perfect example of how to adapt a video game into a film. Unlike a certain blue blur that is threatening our screens.
Definitely go check out the film if you get the chance.