Today makes the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, yes this franchise has been going on for 20 years at this point "YOUR OLD" and so am I since I was born in 96. So to honor the occasion I figured that I should review the very first Pokémon movie just simply called Pokémon the first movie or if you go by the Japanese tittle it’s called Pocket Monsters the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back! (One questions that how Mewtwo is striking back if he haven't first fight in the first place but whatever). Your probably asking why I’m doing a review instead of giving my thoughts in the franchise, well I did that post a long time ago in my earlier Blogger days and it was the post right before I made the Pokémon the Origins review and that explains that. Now for the movie itself it is not consider all that great by many fans and a main reason why that is simply just because of the 4Kids Dub and really that is the movies main fault as I’ll explain latter on as you people will see. Do note I am looking at the 4Kids Ver. Of this movie but I did look up the significate differences between both the Dub and Japanese Ver.
The movie begins with scientist in a jungle looking for the legendary Pokémon Mew in order to clone Mew and create their own Ver. of Mew that surpasses the original, and they find a sample of him. AND already this is where the changes start taking effect, in the theatrical Ver. Of the movie they did not add what is dub in Japan “The Birth of Mewtwo” (and believe me or not it began as a Radio Drama) and this scene WAS VERY CRITICAL understand this movie and 4Kids left it out but kept Mewtwo killing a bunch of people, THIS IS WHY 4KIDS SUCK PEOPLE. But since I’m taking a look at this whole movie let’s talk about it now shale we.
Mewtwo’s meats up with a little girl named Amber and also Clone Ver. Of the starter Pokémon and she tells him that both her her and Mewtwo are clones and we find out that Giovanni is the one that helped funded this so that he could have the perfect Pokémon and for the head scientist Dr. Fuji he can bring his daughter back to life. You see his daughter Amber died he spent years and years working on a way to bring his daughter back to life and because of that his wife just left him. It doesn’t stop being sad their thought all the clone starters and Amber start turning into nothing and then is suppressed and well forced to forget the only person he ever knew and Dr. Fuji loses his Daughter forever. This scene is a very sad and very sympathetic moment and it surprise me this was all done in only 8 minute and in that 8 minutes it is a very touching scene, which is more then what I can say about Clannad which took about 50 episodes to do the same effect and it really should have had been 12 episodes best. YES I have actually seen that and I want review it 1 day because there are things I need to say about that show.
When Mewtwo body is fully developed he awaken and can talk to humans because of his Physic powers so Physic and use telepathy (which was cool before every Pokémon started using it). before I continue i must comment on Mewtwo's design I love it I love it so much, it just looks good is all I can say. it is some what humanoid in design and you can tell this does look like a more powerful Ver. of Mew and also yah looks it had some inspiration from Frieza from DBZ and Pokemon would do it again with Zygard and Cell. When Mewtwo does wake up all the scientist are happy about this and now going to start more experiments on Mew since well all they want to use Mewtwo is for its powers and not him as a living being. Mewtwo is rightful pissed off about this he just straight up kills everyone in the lab causing many, many, many kids to have trauma after this. Giovanni comes in and see all the destruction Mewtwo has done and is impress with him and Giovanni makes him an offer he can’t refuse, but Mewtwo does refuse the offer but his offer to help him control his powers and Mewtwo accepts the offer.
Then Mewtwo get a Battlizer, yah Mewtwo has a Battlizer to help control his powers and looks really badass and much awesome then Mecha Mewtwo (don't know what Mecha Mewtwo is? this is Mecha Mewtwo, this is real). Giovanni now has the most OP Pokémon there is and defeats anyone who gets in his way and even gets a whole horde of Tauros. Sometime latter Giovanni just flat out says he just sees him as a tool for destruction (which o think is more 4Kids Dialog fault then anything) and Mewtwo destroy Giovanni base which was a really cool tie in into the anime and now declares he shale be the ruler of the world. I love the first 20 minutes of this movie with Mewtwo, I love the art with being heavy on Shadows, I love the voice acting with Mewtwo’s voice sounding fragile but menacing at the same time, the music sounds creepy and helps the atmosphere and knows when to get serious, and also with the “Birth of Mewtwo” I have gowned to like this more as an adult then I would have had ever as a kid (and without Birth of Mewtwo short his plain to rule the world make him seems to be a bit on the generic side) but at lase we still got more to cover which is ok I’ll put it.
After something so Mature and with so much Depth we now get the typical Pokémon movie formula which goes like this Ash and friends are enjoying themselves, some jack comes and try’s to challenge Ash and fails from Pikachu and is not remember except for this guy just because of this line, Team Rocket is there for KOMEDDY but does not contribute anything for the movie (well except for this and 2000 that is) and the plot continues there. Ash gets an innovation that talks about attending a secluded Island to fight the world’s greatest Pokémon caption who is obviously is Mewtwo. Mewtwo creates a storm where only the best of the best Pokémon trainers must make it to his Island and from there we are given 1 major plot point. That this woman who we’ve never seen before says that Pokémon teats have life in them which is FORESHADOWING FOR THE FUTURE! And then everyone says screw it and then go to the island to meet up with this best Pokémon caption, Team Rocket poses as Vikings to give ash and the others on bored and this is also where we get a very memorable line of Vikings are from Minnesota. But the waves are too strong and then everyone is off the ship and they use their Pokémon to get out of the storm like real Pokémon trainers would before ash because so stupid, and sucks.
At new ground Island all the trainers are there and Mewtwo introduce himself as the best Pokémon Trainer there is and everyone is surprise by this (and might I also add that it is badass how cool of appearance Mewtwo makes). It is here with Team Rocket that the movie shows expiation to us the audience what is haping like showing us all how Mewtwo made Cloned Ver. of Pokémon for he thinks the originals are inferior and Clones are superior and he make the clones through a.. Wait is that. No it couldn’t. OH MY GOD!
LORD HELIX, SO THE FIRST Pokémon Movie predicted that LORD HELIX would be GOD, ALL PRAISE LORD HELIX!
Anyways we can see when Mewtwo calls forth his Pokémon to see if his clone Pokémon are superior Pokémon or the originals are superior then we see that his Pokémon come out thought this like organic tube thing and this is gross and nasty and I love it, Mewtwo’s Castle is like something H.R. Giger would create. Mewtwo’s Clone Pokémon take down the original Pokémon Down with ease and as the victor Mewtwo will now capture the real Pokémon to make clones for himself, even though he said earlier that Humans enslave Pokémon and well that is what he is doing himself (I’m not saying Mewtwo is a hypocrite but… I think I can blame the dialog for this one). Mewtwo has his own special Pokeballs that are a lot like a Master Ball but can catch other people’s Pokémon and a smart thing from ash if they put their Pokémon back in the Pokeballs he can’t capture them but the Mewtwo Balls can take the Pokémon even when in the Pokeball. Ash go to get Pikachu when he is captured (and let’s get this mistake out of the way, yah I know it happen in the film for being the early days of 4Kids I know it sucks) and Ash James the machine which then release all the Pokémon.
After that scene the escalation of Mew and Mewtwo’s battle reach its peak with both unleashing a Kamehameha and Ash takes the blast and turning Ash into stone and stopping all the Pokémon from fighting. Pikachu try’s to revive ash but nothing works and then All the Pokémon starts crying and but the power of Ash is revived and Mewtwo then has no more hatred to worse humanity and then erasing everyone memory of this event (somehow) and making none of this ever happining in the first place. So the lesion fighting is wrong, COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN.The movie ends with everything going back to normal and Ash sees mew just like how he saw Ho-Ho and then very dated 90’s pop songs.
Overall I give Pokémon the first movie a very strong 3/5
I like this movie more than most people.