Listening to: We're Coming Home
Reading: whatever manga I bought
Watching: other anime
Playing: Pokémon Y
Eating: Dinner should be ready soon
I have some issues with this movie—Mewtwo issue aside. Actually no, the Mewtwo issue plays a part in it, let me get it out there. Why are there two Mewtwos in existence now? We don't see an origin story of any kind about where they got the Mew DNA and what their motives for a Mew clone were. Why can she Mega Evolve without the respective stone? Keeping it a secret aside, they should've at least explained it, or hell, had a progression throughout the entire movie that leads up to this forme being "awakened" as the title suggested. Because the "legend awakened" already happened prior to the beginning of the movie. They could've done a really quick flashback if they had to, seriously. She did have some nice moments, I will admit to that, and I did get past her voice and thought it was fine, but the original Mewtwo could've done the exact same things she did in his own way. There was nothing that stood out that proved that a second Mewtwo was necessary. Nothing. Not even in the middle where Mewtwo is taken in by other Pokémon, because the original could still have the same experience.
And Ash, why the hell did you just let it slide that the Mewtwo you know is now a female? Why couldn't they have him go, "Oh, sorry, you remind me of someone I know," and be done with it? Same goes for you, Team Rocket.
Also, when she's getting tortured, I thought it sounded really... um... suggestive. o_O Yeaaaaah...
Speaking of voices, I didn't really have an issue with the Genesect voices. Red Genesect made me laugh the first time he spoke because it was just so sudden, but it grew on me. I swear I've heard that voice somewhere before, though, but I don't know where. *looks it up* OH MY GOD HE WAS SHREDDER IN TMNT 2003 ALL OF THE YES. Red Genesect is now automatically awesome, I just wish he remained a huge jackass the entire time and got his karmic punishment. Seriously, that was very anti-climatic and disappointing. I didn't have a problem with Douse Genesect either. She kinda sounds like Fluttershy, but not really. Speaking of which, I was watching this movie with my brother, and when she fell unconscious, he wondered, "Is it dead?", and I replied with, "I wish."
As cold as it sounds, I wish someone was killed off in this movie, particularly Douse Genesect. It would've probably had a much better impact in leading up to the climax (and maybe actually made it better instead of the cheese we got), and especially since Ash did become friends with her (and also a lot of people like her, so the emotions would've been there). In all honestly, this movie had many missed opportunities that would've helped make the writing in this movie much better, and a death is one of them. I remember people wondering if Mewtwo was going to die a hero in this film, and as sad as it would've been, it's a good idea—as long as everything was hinted at well and there was a progression towards that death.
Also, it's been a long time since we last had a character, Pokémon or human, die for real in a movie. Would've made for a nice change of pace, wouldn't you say? (On the note of characters, Eric was very bland, he has no notable personality and is rather forgettable.)
(In the meantime, I cracked jokes during the battle around the nest. "Pokémon aren't meant to fight. Not like this. ("Not like thiiiis!")" And if Ash was going to turn to stone stepping in between Red and Mewtwo. I am an awful person.)
The action was pretty good, the scenery was nice to look at (though the beginning made me laugh because the CGI environment reminded me of Dinosaur, and not long after the camera push-in of the beginning title screen of Rescuers: Down Under), and even the animation had the same quality, but that was about it. The story was otherwise weak. What was it about, really? The fact that Genesect needs a home? That they're not home? Apparently the idea of home has a part in the movie (especially since the ending song's "We're Coming Home", which is actually a pretty song, makes me feel nostalgic—and I secretly do wish it was sung by one of the voice actresses, like Douse's or Mewtwo's). But it got a bit jumbled up in there with the ideology of finding a place to belong or something. I dunno, they didn't really focus too much on it. They were just more-or-less worried about the city exploding. Which, by the way, made me go "wut" because I don't think black outs really happen like that. There's a huge transformer underneath the park or city or whatever, and for whatever reason the Genesect attached their nest to it. Sure, transformers can have electrical fires and cause rolling black outs, but as far as I know, they don't explode and make the city go up in flames. Also, was that an electrical fire engulfing the nest? Would that explain why the flames were blue, or what?
I also have to laugh at the scene in the city with Genesect and Mewtwo flying about. Oh, yes Mewtwo, yell at Genesect for firing in the city and hitting a building because of people living in them. Since when did you start caring for people now, especially since earlier that day you were a bitch towards Ash and told them to "forget about me"? And then you go ahead and fly around in the city and having Genesect firing occasionally. Take the fight out by the lake if you're so concerned about people's wellbeing, you idiot.
Team Rocket was useless, but why am I not surprised? Also, if you're going to do a Chekhov's gun, do something interesting. They set one up with James' rocket launcher or whatnot where it gets knocked out of his hands and gets stuck in the silk. Later, it falls and almost hits Douse Genesect until Pikachu knocks it away into some tunnel, and that was it. Laaaaame. The only "good" Chekhov's gun was more of a Chekhov's skill with Mewtwo taking Red up into the atmosphere and nearly killing themselves. Insert "GENIUS" face here. Also, my God that scene was cheesier than I thought it was. I couldn't help myself from making jokes about it. (e.g. "Everyone has a place on this earth. Now be my boyfriend, and that's an order.") Didn't help that Red actually body-hugs Mewtwo falling down. You could say they were...
...falling for each other.
So anyway, it was overall a very disappointing movie, somewhat a waste of time. My brother knew little about this movie, and even while he was getting irritated at the jokes I was cracking (I would've been raging if I didn't laugh over it), he thought it was "meh" at best. My verdict is that the movie was what I thought it was, but that was it. It didn't meet up to any other expectations, let alone exceed them, and left me disappointed and empty. There were moments I thought I was going to be bored to tears because nothing interesting was going on. It wasn't a filling movie, and it was hyped up as such and more. The only reason I watched is because I'd like to see all the Pokémon movies, and also so I can have a more proper opinion on it. If people enjoyed it, more power to them, but now I truly understand why it is this movie is the second-lowest grossing Pokémon movie.