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
, Wayne Grayson
, Dan Green
, Jason Griffith
, Carrie Keranen
. Music by: Shinji Miyazaki
I had issues with Arceus. If he is the "god" of the Pokémon world, then 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 and clichéd. Also, his voice was quite annoying.
The film is weighed down by many plot holes as well as some inconsistencies with the time travel that left me scratching my head. How come when Ash and the gang fixed things and saved Arceus in the past, he was still angry in the present?
There were many other things that didn't make sense. How did "silver water" somehow solidify so 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.
The film isn't without its saving graces. The battle between Arceus, Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina felt really huge and epic, and I thought Sheena and Damos were interesting supporting characters.
I thought it was intriguing to see the Pokémon in the Medieval times. The ending was kind of nice, with Arceus possibly giving Ash a blessing for saving him from what happened to him in the past.
This film could have been something really special, but the utterly nonsensical nature of the plot and the questionable portrayal of Arceus really held the film back. It is very disappointing considering it involves the most important Pokémon of them all and is the conclusion to the Diamond and Pearl trilogy.
Review by carologletree from the Internet Movie Database.