Pokemon : Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution- A Rant

This is purely based on my opinion and I understand not everyone will agree with me.That is perfectly okay, everyones opinion is valid.

This is essentially a remake of the greatest pokemon movie made, but without the heart and likeability of the original. The change in animation style doesn’t make it lose it’s heart, but it seems like they chose a new style over substance.

They also decided to make Mewtwo a much more black and white character than he was before. Instead of him being confused, hurt and angry from the way he was treated leading him to escape and try to exact revenge, they simply threw him into his mech suit and had Giovanni belittle him. Not at all the same effect. They leave no room for doubt about him being inherently evil and then with one line we are to believe everything has changed.

They also seemed to rely strongly on the original scripted lines that made the original so good, especially the word for word monologue about life and it’s purpose. (Seen below). As well as the original imagery of the movie to try to enact the same response. I won’t lie to you and say I didn’t cry, but it certainly didn’t have the same effect on me as the original does.

I understand wanting to expand a franchise to a new audience, and in doing so you have to adapt to said audiences expectations. 2D animation is no longer the standard for TV and young children are used to seeing 3D shows. So I won’t fight that Pokemon will likely move towards 3D in its new seasons.

What is unforgivable is Pokemon re-doing another story! We had the movie where Ash meets Pikachu, which just copied the first couple of episodes from Indigo and added legendaries. That story at least made the video game legendaries come to screen. But in this case, they simply flattened out characters to make a copy of my generations introduction to Mewtwo.

Brock was admittedly always chasing after ladies, but in this rendition he is incapable of doing anything but standing in the background, cooking and talking about how pretty ladies are. Did they forget that he was witty, intelligent and incredibly knowledgable about all kinds of Pokemon?

Misty was always a little short tempered but ultimately a good trainer. In this movie she was simply a character to stand in the background with no ability to do anything but have a poorly written dialogue about living creatures. What happened to her spunk?

Ash has always been stubborn and stupid, but his actions were driven by the goal of being the best trainer and to help those in need. In this film they forced the relationship between him and Pikachu to the point where he didn’t care at all about anyone or anything but Pikachu. His only goals seemed to be with Pikachu while disregarding the rest of his Pokemon.

Team Rocket, while playing the bad guys, have never been great at succeeding, but when they were needed they would lend a helping hand. In this film, it would seem the only reason to include them was to have Meowth translate a few lines and to stumble upon the lab…. where they just stand for a long while doing nothing but staring at the clones?

I know this isn’t going to bother everyone, but it really bothers me to see something great be remade into something really lacklustre.

Why not make a new story to entice young viewers to get into your franchise? Sun and Moon was a great run in Pokemon that tried something new with the story. Instead of traveling to each gym, this time he was in school and training for the Island Kahuna Challenges. The whole show was about the relationships between people and Pokemon and it worked great ( though some would say the Ultrabeast story line got a little strange in the second season.)

We usually get a new series with a new game, but the last couple of games released really haven’t added much to the lore or to the Pokédex. I played Sword and Shield and while I don’t think there wasn’t enough pokemon available, I don’t think they introduced enough new Pokemon. We usually get a whole new regional pokedex, but this time we barely got any new additions. Perhaps this movie was supposed to be an introduction to first gen Pokemon for a new, young audience, which would then get them to watch Indigo as it too is available on Netflix. Which brings up, why did they partner with Netflix to put out a movie anyways?

As you can tell I am overall just frustrated by this new rendition. I don’t feel they added anything to the original story and they lost a lot of the heart along the way. I would have been happy to see a new series come out, but this, this is not what fans like myself want from Pokemon.

Alright, my rant is over. Let me know what you think of all this in the comments, because I am pretty sure I’m not the only one who is disappointed about this.

Author: Eva Blakeman

A graphic designer, who happens to be an ironworker, who makes YouTube videos, also writes this blog. Writing is my favourite thing to do, so keep an eye out, because the next post is just around the corner.

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