Long ago, Arceus granted a fragment of its power as the Jewel of Life to help Michina in the town's hour of need, only to be betrayed when it was time for that power to be returned. After so many years, Arceus is about to return to reclaim its stolen power- enraged, vengeful, and seemingly unstoppable. Not even the combined might of Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina can stop Arceus from devastating all existence across the dimensions. But Ash and his companions, joining forces with their new friend Sheena, May have discovered the only way to redeem that ancient betrayal. Their journey will be both dangerous and uncertain: even if Ash and his friends can set an old wrong right again, will there be time to return the Jewel of Life before Arceus destroys everything and everyone they've ever known?
Directed by: Kunihiko Yuyama
. Starring: Sarah Natochenny
, Michele Knotz
, Emily Bauer
, James Carter Cathcart
, Kayzie Rogers
, Bill Rogers
, Rodger Parsons
, Ikue Ôtani
, Carmen Borgia
, Vinnie Penna
, Dan Green
, Jason Griffith
, Carrie Keranen
. Music by: Shinji Miyazaki
This was a decent enough film. It's at least an improvement over "Giratina and the Sky Warrior." However, as the conclusion to a trilogy of movies, it did leave a few things to be desired.
I had some issues with Arceus. Being the "god" of the Pokémon world, why is he so gullible and easily tricked? The whole thing about him being angry at all humanity for something one person did is just so tired. Also, his voice was so annoying.
The film is weighed down by several plot holes as well as some inconsistencies with the time travel. How come when Ash and the gang fixed things and saved Arceus in the past, he was still angry in the present? It just didn't make sense.
There were other things that didn't work. How did "silver water" somehow solidify quickly and actually trap the "god" of all Pokémon? When the gang was vanishing because they changed the past, why was Ash disappearing slower than everyone else? The villain was also nothing special.
However, there were some good action scenes. The battle between Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, and Arceus had some good mayhem going on. Sheena and Damos were interesting supporting characters.
I thought it was intriguing to see the Pokémon in the Medieval times. The ending was really nice, with Arceus possibly giving Ash a blessing for saving him from what happened to him in the past.
This was a good film made only decent by it's many flaws. It definitely could have been better considering it involves the most important Pokémon of them all and is the conclusion to the Diamond and Pearl trilogy. Still recommended for fans of the series.
Review by Owen Ogletree from the Internet Movie Database.