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Overall Rating
2.78

Awesome: 22.5%
Worth A Look: 7.5%
Average: 22.5%
Pretty Bad: 20%
Total Crap27.5%

2 reviews, 28 user ratings


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Pokemon 3
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by EricDSnider

"This movie actually stopped several times so it could smoke some more crack"
2 stars

The third installment in the once-popular "Pokemon" series of movies is better than the last two. This is faint praise, of course, since the last two were insipid piles of trash built only to bilk more money out of undiscriminating kids. The third movie is still very bad, make no mistake, but yes, it is a little better than the last two.

Even the animation is better, which makes me hold out some hope for anime in general, which usually features nicely drawn pictures that hardly move at all, thus stretching the definition of the term "animation." (The previous statement was made solely to upset anime fans. It's become tradition with me.)

"Pokemon 3 The Movie," which is punctuated exactly the way I just punctuated it, begins with a short called "Pikachu and Pichu." In it, the two popular Pokemon go into the big city and have a lot of hijinks. Their movements are supplemented with video-game sound effects, which is a hint at what this is really all about: selling more games.

Then the real movie begins. It is called "Spell of the Unown." (Perhaps "Misspell of the Unknown" would be more accurate.) In it, noted Pokemon researcher Spencer Hale disappears while researching the Unown, which are a bunch of crazy letters that can make your imagination come to life, or something.

Hale either reappears as a new lion-esque Pokemon called Entei, or else he doesn't; the movie is not clear on this point. At any rate, Entei appears (and either is or isn't the reincarnation of Hale) and visits Hale's now-orphaned daughter, Molly, whose imagination combines with the Unown to turn her house into a crystal fortress, which draws the attention of the news media and a bunch of Pokemon-collecting kids.

Among the kids is Ash Ketchum, noted Pokemon "trainer" (though I see little training going on) and owner of the aforementioned Pikachu. They're all standing around gawking at the crystal fortress when Entei emerges and runs off with Ash's mom. Seems Molly had declared she wanted a Mommy, so Entei went out to fetch one, much like Adam Pontipee in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Ms. Ketchum happened to be the first woman he saw, so bless her beautiful hide, she's the lucky wife of the monstrous Entei. Be sure to send a gift; they're registered at the San Diego Zoo;

So now Ash wants his mom back, the big baby, and heads into the fortress with his buddies and all their Pokemon. Then a lot of the Pokemon fight each other, and no one dies, and there's a winner, and I have a headache.

From a narrative standpoint, the film's biggest problem is that it doesn't make any sense. Its second biggest problem is that there is no villain. Entei, while he is the one who holds Molly and Ms. Ketchum hostage, is not a bad guy. He's merely doing his duty as a minister of the Unown, and making Molly's wishes come true. There's Team Rocket, a duo of alleged criminals who never commit any crimes, but they're around for comic relief, and in fact they help the heroes win. So, no villain. Oh, well.

The kids at the screening I attended seemed to enjoy themselves very much, especially the ones who were fans of the "Pokemon" TV show. To some extent, if the kids were entertained, the movie was a good one. But on the other hand, as I've said before, you could give a kid a pair of tube socks and he'd find a way to amuse himself. That doesn't mean tube socks are a brilliant work of art, or worth spending $7 on.

It's all rather worthless, teaching only the vaguest of messages. It's probably not harmful, either ... but neither is "Spy Kids," which is a very good movie, on several levels. Take the tots to see that one instead.

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User Comments

5/08/10 Zack Burner I flame your comments you haters! 5 stars
9/14/07 Aaron Gookin refusing to learn a kids franchise is the same as refusing to learn math, shame on you all! 5 stars
9/13/07 Mighty Paladin You people may hate it now, but eventually you will realize what a mistake you've made! 4 stars
8/22/07 FUck FUCK DFUCK THIS SUX 1 stars
8/22/07 Dudette Pikachu/Ash saves the world!!!! (Again) 1 stars
5/22/07 Zack Berner How dare you hate this soon-to-be classic! 5 stars
4/18/07 Stevo UK this was so ''good'' that i almost stopped eating my liver. almost. 1 stars
4/28/06 Aaron Gookin The king of pokemon movies! 4 stars
9/09/05 tatum Basically a really long version of the TV show 2 stars
8/18/04 James Bond A classic 5 stars
8/16/04 Gray 3 times the shit 1 stars
6/03/04 Sean Scanlan Another funny movie 5 stars
5/17/04 matty it was baby crap 1 stars
5/15/04 Sean Scanlan An animated masterpiece 5 stars
8/22/03 Collin Anyone who thinks this is a great movie is very very stupid 1 stars
7/08/02 CHRIS JONES CVJ HENRY GINSBERG IS A WILLY LICKING SHIRLEYING CUNT 1 stars
3/28/02 mrs mother fucker fuck 1 stars
3/28/02 oliver its the most shittist film ive ever seen its for fucking geeks . 1 stars
7/09/01 Richard Wright The best of the 3 films, but an animated classic? HA! 3 stars
7/01/01 pokemon sux i hate pokemon it`s soooo lame i dont know y i saw it i mean number 3 it`s getting boring 1 stars
6/14/01 Jon Jones If you're a fan of the tv sho, add 2 stars. If you're not, subtract 2 3 stars
5/25/01 B.C To much depression 3 stars
5/16/01 daniel i like pokemon 3 but pokemon 4 lugiasvs hooh is going to be the best ever 5 stars
5/11/01 brett deveaux I like hitmotops. I't is cool 5 stars
5/07/01 Waddle Doo Everything of Pocket Monsters is good. These anti-poke must be not listened. 4 stars
5/03/01 John pokemon rules 5 stars
4/24/01 Thrillhouse Overblown TV episode. Watch some better anime, like Escaflowne or Dragonball Z 1 stars
4/16/01 Rampage Unless you need to know from where Hasbro toys emanate, stay home and shave your armpits. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  06-Apr-2001

UK
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Australia
  21-Jun-2001 (G)


Directed by
  Michael Haigney

Written by
  Michael Haigney

Cast
  A bunch of Japanese people.



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