After a scientific experiment leads to the creation of a clone of Mewtwo, he sets out to destroy the world. Ash and his friends then decide to thwart Mewtwo's evil plans.
Directed by: Motonori Sakakibara
, Tetsuo Yajima
, Kunihiko Yuyama
. Starring: Rikako Aikawa
, Yôsuke Akimoto
, James Carter Cathcart
, Megumi Hayashibara
, Masachika Ichimura
, Inuko Inuyama
, Unshô Ishizuka
, Mayumi Izuka
, Michele Knotz
, Satomi Kôrogi
, Ted Lewis
, Rica Matsumoto
, Shin'ichirô Miki
. Music by: Shinji Miyazaki
Review Summary: My overall opinion of this movie was that the visuals themselves were nice to look at. Outside of that, despite this movie having the exact same storyline as the original (something that I was personally pleased with), the original is still better.The animation of the human characters was so dramatic that it made their movements awkward to look at. However, the biggest killer was the lack of the appropriate type and volume of music and even just the lack of music entirely in some scenes. I give this a 510 is due to the fact that, while the movie is still a fine one to watch, there was nothing added to it from the original outside of better visual effects and that the emotional connections were lost because of poor execution of scenes and lack of musical sequences.
Storyline: I appreciate that the film directors stuck to the original storyline. While there are definitely things that could have been expanded on and perhaps a few minor creative liberties that could have been taken, the safe road was not a bad one to take in this case. The original story is a classic that would be difficult to try and retell without loosing a lot of the key things that made the movie so special and memorable to many.
Visuals and Animation: The visual effects and details of the movie are really beautiful, however, when it comes to the actual animation of the film it is a bit off. The primary offenders were the main human characters. Most of their movements were overly animateddynamic that it made them awkward and unnatural. Another thing I notice was that at times where characters and objects were being thrown around, with the exception of a few moments, it didn't feel like there was any powerforce behind it despite the fact that it was supposed to be a demonstration of a lot force and power.
Music: The real killer of this movie and what really made it miss the mark was the lack of music. Music is key in setting the stage of a film. Music helps determine the mood of a scene and envokes emotion in the viewer. However, because the lack of music and, in the cases where there was some, the lack of the appropriate volume level or type of music, the emotions and intensity of certain scenes were shamefully lost.
Overall, I would say that the original film has the ramake beat by a long shot. There was definitely potential in what they were trying to do, but unfortunately they didn't quite make it.
Bonus: In the beginning of the original film there is a character that details past events that mirror what was currently happening in the story. The events told by this character foreshadowes something that happens towards the end of the movie (I will leave out the details for those who have not seen the original nor the reanimated one). This story was cut from the newly reanimated film, which is a real shame in my opinion. This 15 second story, one that may have seemed insignificantminor to some in the beginning, was an element that added to the story telling and made the future event less random and less of a "Oh- okay, guess that's a thing that can happen" type of moment. This would only really impact those who have never seen the original movie, however, looking strictly from a story telling stand point I feel it was a loss.
Review by amratzman from the Internet Movie Database.