Director/s: Kunihiko Yuyama, Michael Haigney
Writer/s: Satoshi Tajiri, Takeshi Shudo, Norman J. Grossfield, Michael Haigney, John Touhey, Takeshi Shudo
Starring: Veronica Taylor, Jay Goede, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, and more.
Requested Review from Brandon Schrecengost
Talk about more nostalgia hits for me. Earlier this year we got Detective Pikachu and now I am finally knocking out a requested review on “Pokémon: The First Movie”! I remember watching this as a kid when I was deeply obsessed with the series and card game. Now I am just simply scared at what my adult analytical brain is going to do with this movie. Well, here we go!
“Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous.”
Okay, to my shock, I still really liked this movie. Yes it is a kids movie and is silly and ridiculous in every way possible for being said kids movie and anime but my love for Pokémon still keeps me in its favor. I got bored with the set up of how Ash and the squad get to encountering Mewtwo but every part involving Mewtwo’s introduction and Mewtwo interacting with the Pokémon trainers is excellent and actually pretty interesting story telling. For a kids show/movie, not bad, not bad.
Two aspects of the movie are by far the most endearing parts of the movie. 1. Ash and his interactions with Pikachu and vice versa. 2. Literally everything involving Mewtwo. Again, Mewtwo and his story from introduction to his character progression is excellent. There is a hard internal conflict with him deciding what his purpose is and the destructive path that is created to the finale is tense and impressive for a kids flick. As for Ash and Pikachu, the two have always been an entertaining duo to watch from the TV series to this film and so on. As for this movie, the emotional trip between the two is heartbreaking and even still to my adult eyes and feels.
Again, it is a kids movie/anime from 1999. It is silly and sloppy and quick. But all things considered, it is still the fun and entertaining show that would attract any viewer with the openness and interest in the series. I still really enjoyed watching this at this age, although I wanted to fast forward through the set up of the film but everything else was still fun and enjoyable as I remembered.