Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

2016 [JAPANESE]

Action / Adventure / Animation / Family / Fantasy

19
IMDb Rating 6 10 1098

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ericstevenson 7 / 10

Second review!

It's sad to see the pokemon movies get fewer and fewer reviews, showing how the show has gotten less popular over the years. Now, I know I probably shouldn't be liking this movie because it is pretty cliché and it doesn't really set any new ground for the series, but I still enjoyed it. It's probably because of the characters. It was great to see Serena, Bonnie, and Clemont in probably the best film in the XY series. We still didn't get any shippy hints with Ash and Serena! I really do praise this film for how good the animation is. Another big highlight was Team Rocket. They really did serve a purpose in this movie.

They appear and actually do briefly work for the main villain. After the main villain no longer needs them, they do go after him and as Meowth is held hostage, they save him. Okay, so they weren't that useful, but dang it, I just love those guys so much! I love being introduced to all these new pokemon with their unique designs. Even Volcanion is a pretty cool guest pokemon. You'd think Ash would be used to pokemon using telepathy by now. How'd he change clothes while still being attached to the belt? It has a pretty heartwarming ending and while goofy, I do like the idea of them becoming honorary pokemon. ***

Reviewed by funkipwn 10 / 10

I SMELL WATER!

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Reviewed by Shostakovich343 3 / 10

A Pokémon Retrospective, Part 19

In my review of "Hoopa and the Clash of Ages" I felt somewhat ashamed to hate that film as much as everyone else. Fortunately, "Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel" karmatically outbalances that mainstream opinion, because I seem to dislike it significantly more than most do.

Let it first be stated that this film is significantly better than "Hoopa" was. This is not merely a matter of statistics (much worse was hardly possibly), but the result of a seemingly honest attempt to make a film with a plot and a certain amount of creativity to it. A shame the execution is so poor.

The set-up still bears the mark of inventiveness. Ash and Co. come across the Kingdom of Azoth, (its industrial revolution style is probably the first creative design in these films since "Victini and Zekrom/Reshirim"), whilst the robot girl Magearna is being stolen by an Azoth airship from her guardian Volcanion, a boiler-type Pokémon. Volcanion is fended off, shackled and dropped from the air. As is the other shackle, which catches on to Ash and magnetically connects to Volcanion. Thus, Ash is involuntarily dragged along the Pokémon's quest to save Magearna.

The story is constructed out of parts of other films: Some set-up from "Metropolis" (the anime, rather than the Fritz Lang film;) the journey from "Lucario and the Mystery of Mew;" the unsurprising villain reveal from "Castle in the Sky;" the climax from "Code Geass R2;" the ending from "Wall-E." This is generally excellent source material, but "Volcanion" doesn't match any of it.

Firstly, the writing is, well, a bit stupid. A certain laziness is often apparent, like in how Ash's shackle is supposed to be so tight that no-one can get it off, but does allow him to change his clothes underneath it. Twice. Or in how all Azoth's technology was created by the inventor Nikola, who bears the name of Tesla, has the looks of Da Vinci and plays the role of Archimedes, in case you didn't get that he was supposed to be smart.

This lack of care is tangible throughout the film. The plot that ponderously plods along feels bare, getting only less interesting from the set-up onwards, and conveying emotions with a clumsiness that is rare even for a Pokémon film. Volcanion, for example, has a miniature character arc in that he must learn to trust humans. This is the only personality he has, so he constantly shouts how much he dislikes humans, until the end, when he cannot stop talking about how much he was wrong. And let's try to forget the crying Meowth from near the end -- the most disgustingly melodramatic moment in the whole series after the first film's fighting Pikachu's.

This was also the first Pokémon film in which I was actively distracted by the sound design. Dialogue, effects and music are constantly blaring over each other, with the music being especially loud. Just what is this? How can these same creators, nineteen films into their franchise, keep finding new ways to mess up?

Stranger still: The visuals have gotten worse because they have gotten better. Although not so retina-burningly bright as "Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction," "Volcanion" is nevertheless very uncomfortable to watch. Now that the filmmakers have digital technology at their disposal, they overload every frame with popping colours, particle effects and redundant movement of characters as well as camera that becomes rather nauseating over time.

The result is a film that bombards the senses with its sound and fury, but does not entertain, let alone mean anything. Unlike the other "XY" films, "Volcanion" does actually seem to be the product of good intentions, but that alone is not enough. It still feels like just another tired entry in a franchise that was creatively bankrupt before the turn of the millennium. It is a good thing the film series was rebooted after this, because if "Volcanion" counts as the best of the late Pokémon films, it is clear that by then all hope was lost.

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