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I can't see the point in burying a movie like this in sulfuric sarcasm, when
it is in no way intended to be anything more than a vehicle to entertain
children and prepare them for the next line of merchandise to beg madly
This is a fun movie. My children sat quietly through the entire thing and loved every minute of it. Granted, the villain is a bit over the top with his silly costume and maniacal laugher, but this is a lot more easier to take than the dark, gloomy, and very morbid Pokemon 3.
My children have been watching Pokemon since it started and they are soon getting to the ages where they will "put off the childish things" and move on to others. I am glad that we got to enjoy this together.
Another Pokemon movie has hit the theaters, and again, I'm hearing the same
old, "Pokemon is dead, blah blah blah." The franchise's detractors couldn't
be more wrong. Kids are still playing the trading card game, they're still
watching the TV series, they're waiting for the Game Boy Advance games, and
they want to see "Pokemon the 4th Movie."
That said, "Pokemon The 4th Movie" introduces us to two more "legendary" Pokemon: Suicune, the "north wind" of lore, and Celebi, guardian of the forest (and star of the show). Celebi transports itself and a boy named Sam 40 years into the future, to the present day, where Pokemon trainer Ash, his faithful Pikachu, and his friends Brock and Misty are traveling through Johto. Sam and Ash become fast friends, once they discover the other's mutual love for Pokemon (Sam's vintage Pokeball with screw-on top is a great moment). Together, they decide to protect Celebi from the villain of the story, the Team Rocket agent aptly named Vicious, who is hell-bent on capturing Celebi for his own ends. Will Ash and Sam be able to protect Celebi from Vicious' Dark Balls? Where does Suicune fit into the picture? Will Jessie, James, and Meowth have bigger parts in this movie than before? And just who is Sam, really?
Like with the first 3 movies, if you go into the movie deciding that you're automatically going to hate it no matter what simply because it's Pokemon (or just because your child/niece/nephew/younger sibling/et cetera "dragged" you into it), then you're going to hate it because you've decided that you want to hate it. That may be, but to blindly trash "Pokemon The 4th Movie" simply because it is a Pokemon movie, and especially without having seen it, is just plain stupid. Even non-fans can enjoy this movie without having to know every last detail of the world of Pokemon. I'm not saying that you WILL become a Pokemon fan because of this movie, but you CAN indeed enjoy it, if you'll let yourself.
Unlike the first 3 Pokemon movies, "Pokemon the 4th Movie" is being distributed by Miramax, who I've heard is also working on securing the rights to the 5th Pokemon movie, which was released this past summer in Japan. Miramax claims to have some boffo-aggressive marketing strategy for "Pokemon The 4th Movie," but all I've seen so far is a feeble limited release, which doesn't include the usual Pikachu short in the beginning, which I was really looking forward to this time. I hope that Miramax will see fit to put the Pikachu short, called "Pikachu's Exciting Hide-and-Seek," onto at least the DVD/VHS release, if not with a future wider release of "Pokemon The 4th Movie." I hope that the current release is just the tip of the iceberg for this very entertaining film.
I just returned from the un-expectantly entertaining Pokemon 4. It is a
matter of great wonder to me that others did not find the rich storylines
the film as enlightening as I did. I suppose the unfortunate reality is if
film doesn't cater to the 'lowest common denominator', its success
domestically (and more and more in foreign markets) is questionable at
At first I wish to address the flaws. The animation, as has been pointed out before, is at best sub-par. But where they skimped on artistry in the drawings of the characters, the storyboard simulated camera angles and image composition are superb. The film lover will note the use of techniques from film auteurs such as Orsen Wells (note the second part of the opening scene, which is quite obviously an homage to the master) or Sam Peckinpah (pay close attention to scenes leading up to the first Pokemon Battle and try to tell me you aren't reminded of Straw Dogs). I also thought the sound was pretty crummy.
That aside, the film was a pure masterpiece. As in the preceding three Pokemon movies, the story centers on the loveable 'Pikachu'. Pikachu looks like an overfed mouse that can use his powers to fight other Pokemon, sometimes to the death. All Pokemon (Japanese for 'The Monster who lives in the pocket') have special powers. It has been said that Pikachu is the most powerful of all of these, but to find out that one must become a 'Pokemon Master'. As a parent, I am still confused to what that really means, and I suspect that in 10 years, the entire lexicon of Pokemon movies and television programs will be required viewing in the more credible Psychology and Philosophy departments in Universities around the world.
Countering the hero that Pikachu presents us is yet another Pokemon, who is called 'Meowth', brilliantly voiced by the multi-talented yet under-rated Addie Blaustein. Meowth, unlike every other Pokemon can speak in English (who only know and converse in Japanese. As a side note, I hope in the DVD version the English translation of the Pokemon's conversations will be provided). Meowth travels with a hapless game of criminals called 'The Rocket Team', who battle with Pikachu and his owner Ash to become Pokemon Masters.
Within these two characters lie the classic storyline of the Epic struggle between good and evil, truth and deception, black and white. It is highly recommended that the casual fan revisit the entire running of the TV series in order (including the surreal yet awe inspiring Jhoto Journeys) and the films before returning to this work.
Nine out of 10. Near perfection in my book.
As a Pokémon fan I enjoyed this movie very much. It introduces new legendary Pokémon (as each movie does) and adds depth to the relationships between its characters. I however do not expect those who are not Pokémon fans to enjoy it(This includes MOST adults). Some of the lines were corny, but that can be somewhat unavoidable when dubbing the movie over to English. The animation was beautiful, although there were a couple parts that did not look good. And although the villain is kind of corny, I think that the movies have done a good job of cycling through different types of villains, and I guarantee you that they aren't all like this one. Those who did not like it, I say to each his own, but Pokémon fans will love it.
I so love this movie!
The animation is great (for a pokémon movie), the cgi looks so awesome. I
love the music in the movie. So great they kept the Japanese music.
As for the story: its great. It has a great feeling of friendship. Celebi is a very cute and powerful pokémon. Ash is really great in this movie, and I like his friendship with Sam. The only thing I didn't like was Suicune's appearance, he just suddenly pops up, helps Ash & co a bit and leaves. They could have made his part in the movie a little bigger.
But overall, awesome movie! Can't wait to own the USA version on dvd!
Of the first four Pokemon feature films, Pokemon 4ever has the
strongest Disney vibe, and I feel like it is a good choice for the
youngest pokemon viewers. For the more adolescent fans (however many
there are), I am more dubious to recommend this. Pokemon 3 may have
been dark, but the story was imaginative and had some wisdom and
emotional depth. Whereas Pokemon 3 could almost have been a family
movie, Pokemon 4ever is easily just a kids movie.
Pokemon 4ever takes Ash and friends out of the darkness and back into sunlight. As beautiful as this fourth entry is, it is also quite corny. All pokemon movies integrate a new legendary pokemon into the story. Pokemon 4ever showcases Celebi; a forest spirit who is chirpy, but nothing more. Celebi has about as much personality as the sugar fairies in Fantasia. She may be a pokemon, but a character she is not. Equally unmemorable is the cackling antagonist, who dresses like the terminator's second cousin and behaves like a shallow Disney villain.
Pretty much the entire film takes place in the Johto region forest, (having been aired at the end of the fourth season) This is a visually spectacular piece of landscape, which becomes the setting for a less than spectacular storyline. Pokemon 4ever, may be concise and simple in plot, but not only is it rather shallow, but it feels strangely rushed.
Pokemon 4ever also has the kind of syrupy ending that tries to pull to emotions out of us which it has not earned. The pokemon world can offer a variety of strong story possibilities, but this movie does not exploit them. This is essentially a Disney movie, that has pokemon in it. My conclusion is that Pokemon 4ever is a visually strong but thinly written entry in the adventures of Ash Ketchum.
Out of these Pokemon films (which are in order of best to least for
me): Pokemon The First Movie, Pokemon 4Ever, Pokemon Heroes, Pokemon
200 and Pokemon: Entei and the Unknown, this is probably the one most
concerning the environment, arguably the most beautiful and the most
calming one. Whether these are good points for you or not, "Pokemon
4Ever," still has entertained many.
As well as the three points covered above, this pokemon film includes good humour and good CGI (as well as anime). The time travelling theme of the film is represented in a good way and Team Rocket (the comic reliefs/rubbish baddies) end up with quite good gags and end up being more main characters than sidekicks.
The flaws are, as always, the rather unnecessary violence and action and the baddie is pretty uninteresting, even more so than a few Pokemon film baddies.
A strange pokemon is being tracked down by a pokemon hunter in a forest. A young boy tries to save the pokemon and it takes him somewhere...
Meanwhile, Ash, Brock and Misty are entering a large forest...
Curious? Watch the rest...
Good for all Pokemon fans and "American" anime movie fans, enjoy "Pokemon 4Ever"! :-)
Pokemon 4ever is just a kids' version of Princess Mononoke. Celebi is even
called the "Spirit of the Forest." The monster is just like the
from Mononoke. There is a healing lake, Suicune looks like the spirit and
acts like the wolf gods from Mononoke.
The only good thing about the movie was its revelation at the end. If you pay close attention to foreshadowing, you can guess the secret as I did.
I have always enjoyed the Pokemon movies. Yes, I know, all of them are very corny, mediocre in some certain areas and sure, even though they're aimed at little kids they're too adult in some fields to be able to guard them with the statement,"Hey, lighten up, it's a kids movie," but all that aside, aren't they still good pieces of entertainment? In my opinion, they are so and I enjoy them greatly. This one is just as enjoyable as the previous three, and certainly cuter. It has some really sweet and touching moments since it is the introduction of the lovable, fresh Pokemon Celebi. It's not the best Pokemon movie, but I do enjoy it more than the third installment, even though the third is not bad, and the entire series is just entertaining, harmless, popcorn family fun and should be considered nothing more, nothing less. This film has some high marks of intensity and interest, especially around the climax/ending, as do all the installments, and the characters, while a bit more lackluster than the previous three, I thought, are still likable and humorous. This films is the lowest rated and most criticized of the four feature length adaptions, and it doesn't deserve that.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The early Pokémon movies sure have their charm. This one is no
exception. It's a slight step down from "The Power of One" and "Spell
of the Unknown," but still a very worthy addition to the series.
There are a few flaws. There are some stupid scenes which include Ash jumping on the boat while it's leaving, Misty twisting her knee, a pointless berry-picking scene, and a few others. Also, the villain, while certainly intimidating, is as clichéd as can be.
However, the film makes up for that in many other ways. Celebi is a very cool Pokémon, and the mythology behind her is intriguing. The forest and the scenery in it is beautiful to look at. Some complain about the CGI, but I quite liked it.
"Sammy" was a likable character, and I liked his relationship with Ash. I hope Ash later learned that "Sammy" is...you know.
As to be expected, the final half-hour is action-packed and full of excitement, even if it doesn't quite match the Charizard/Entei battle from #3. Suicune's entrance was pretty awesome, too.
While not quite as exciting as #2 or as dark and ambitious as #3, this still has plenty to offer for any Pokémon fan.
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