Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

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Ash, Misty and Brock receive a strange invitation from a mystifying trainer. The friends meet Mewtwo, a specially-engineered Pokémon eager to battle.

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  • Mar 02, 2020
    Growing up watching the original seasons of Pokemon, now known as the Indigo League, and quite enjoying films like Pokemon: The First Movie and Pokemon The Movie 2000, even though not great in retrospect, I've always had a respect for this universe. While the films themselves do not age very well in comparison with the show itself, I always figured a cool new idea could be done for an original premise or live-action adaptation. When Detective Pikachu recently hit theatres, it wasn't even close to what I would've expected them to do for a first live-action feature, but it was enjoyable. This brings me to the newest feature film in the Pokemon world, but it's not all that new, at all really. Here's why the newest film, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution is not worth your time, even if you're a big fan.  The premise is simple. An organization clones Mew, the most powerful Pokemon on the planet, forming what they refer to as Mewtwo. Hellbent on destroying everything in its path, Mewtwo decides to clone every Pokemon he can find, making them even stronger. Ash Ketchum and his friends Misty and Brock, the central characters for years, track Mewtwo down and attempt to stop his plan. Does this sound familiar? That's because it's the identical premise of the first feature Pokemon film back in 1998. Nearly shot by shot, that film has been recreated, but the animated has been updated to 3D. Being the exact same run time and only making a few minor tweaks to improve on the original, I watched this film wondering what the point of it truly was.  If you're not very well-versed in the Pokemon world, I'm sure you've seen that this review probably isn't for you, but that's also the problem with this movie. It can't have been made for fans, because it's exactly the same thing they've already gotten in the past. It also can't really be for newcomers, because it's completely different than the new Pokemon series' that children have been watching nowadays. This was a very strange idea through and through. Maybe if they chose to make a live-action trilogy and started with a story that was similar to the 1998 version it could've worked, but this movie just had me scratching my head.  On a more positive note, I have to admit that in remaking this film, they did change a couple elements that would've made the original better. There are some very odd song choices that randomly pop up and overdo certain moments in the original movie and those are completely taken out here, replaced with a new, very subtle score. The song choices and scoring cues are what stood out to me here, which in turn felt pointless because it was for a movie that was the same as a film that was only average to begin with back in 1998. Still, it was some nice music and a fresh change, so I commend them for that.  In the end, I only found the original film to be okay and since this is exactly the same, with all the same shots and story beats, I'm finding it hard to give it any kind of praise. Yes, the animation is well-done and feels fresh for Pokemon, but again, it should've just been an original story. The voice talent has completely changed, but I will say that the new cast sounds very similar and does some great work. To reiterate, I'm honestly not sure who this film was made for or why it was even greenlit in the first place. For these reasons, I'm not really positive or negative about it. It is what it is and if you want to see the same film in a new light, then it's now streaming as a Netflix original.
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