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Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai

by Josh Max - May 16, 2011, 9:41 pm PDT

Josh looks at the movies with a continuing storyline.

Now, I’m not exactly the biggest Pokémon movie fan out there. I watched the first three, like most of the kids in my generation. But after those, I stopped watching the movies altogether.

Recently, I watched the Diamond & Pearl Movie Trilogy. Allow me to offer a brief plot synopsis for each of the movies:

Ash, along with his friends Dawn and Brock, arrive in Alamos Town. This town isn’t really different from most towns. There are two towers in the middle of town that represent space and time, but aside from that it’s an average town. After Ash and his cohorts arrive in town, things get a little freaky. Space starts getting distorted and rumors are spreading about the cause of it all. The townspeople are blaming the events on a Dark Pokemon called Darkrai, a Pokemon of legends. What actually happened is that Dialga, the Pokemon of Time and Palkia, the Pokemon of Space crossed into each others dimensions and started to fight (for some unknown reason). Int he fight Dialga manages to break one of Palkia’s Space Gems, distorting space in the process.

The first in the epic trilogy

In town, some trainers (led by the Baron of the town) discover Darkrai’s whereabouts and begin to attack. Darkrai, master of nightmares, puts all of the Pokemon into a deep slumber; he even manages to put Ash to sleep. While the Pokemon who have been put to sleep are dreaming, their beings are astrally projected, which give them a ghostly look.

Danger lies ahead!

Eventually it comes to light that Darkrai was trying to fight Palkia and restore everything back to normal. The townspeople start to cheer on Darkrai, but no sooner have the cheers started than Palkia beats the snot out of Darkrai. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Dialga shows up and beat both Palkia and Darkrai to a pulp. Palkia continues to fight Dialga in the middle of town, which coincidentally has been shifted to Palkia’s dimension. The two creatures of legend duke it out as Ash and his friends try to reach the top of the towers so they can play a piece of music that will calm everyone down. After the notes reach the ears (?) of Palkia and Dialga the two separate and disappear to their own dimensions. It is implied that the battle that has just transpired has more consequences than the ones that were just witnessed.

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Talkback

CericMay 17, 2011

I remember when I saw the first one in the theatres it was a big deal for me.  I was in High School at the time so I had my Dad take me to the a showing away from where we would normally go and insisted on getting my Mew card.  I liked how the first one was in the shows continuety but, ended in such a way as to not mess with it.  That is the only one I've seen actually.

I saw the first film in theatres with a female friend. She cried when Ash died.


I remember there was a kid in front of me who kept saying the pokémon's names as they appeared on screen—"hey, kid! shut up, they say their own names!"

Ryan CannonMay 17, 2011

I always like the second generation the best for some reason...

SilverQuilavaMay 17, 2011

hehe! The Nostalgia Critic reviewed Pokemon The First Movie X)

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 17, 2011

Quote from: Ceric

I remember when I saw the first one in the theatres it was a big deal for me.  I was in High School at the time so I had my Dad take me to the a showing away from where we would normally go and insisted on getting my Mew card.  I liked how the first one was in the shows continuety but, ended in such a way as to not mess with it.  That is the only one I've seen actually.

That's basically what killed the movie for me: the ending. It would have been slightly fine in itself if they didn't get very preachy about it. Having Mewtwo erase everyone's memories by the end kind of defeats the purpose of hammering the message home. Plus, it just feels cheap.

For what it's worth, it can be enjoyed, but the constant preaching and the ending kill it.

As for my top three movies in the series:
Pokemon 4ever (which I wrote about): I really liked the story and the twist at the end. It got very melodramatic more than once, but I still like it.

Pokemon 3: Entei is my favorite of the three legendary dogs, and I thought the story was both sweet and cool, especially with the Unown (which are useless in battle but amazing in concept).

Lucario and the Mystery of Mew: Now, it's been a while since I've seen this movie but I didn't find Lucario to be THAT angsty. Mewtwo was far worse, I think, since Lucario has a good reason for feeling this way.

RABicleMay 18, 2011

12,000 words...

I don't even know what to say.

I almost cried during Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

ALSO IM VERY VERY SORRY FOR FOGETTING ABOUT MAFIA GUYS :( PWEASE FORGIVE ME!

CericMay 18, 2011

Vote RABicle

roykoopa64May 31, 2011

My friend and I watched this in the theater when it came out, it was pretty exciting. Good overview of the movie!

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