A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Emphasis on helping friends, teamwork, and bravery. Shaymin is a gratitude PokÃ©mon with a singularly ungracious attitude towards one character, which is pointed out repeatedly. One character sacrifices his life's work when he realizes that to complete it would put the world in harm's way.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish mild fighting throughout, with weapons ranging from thunderbolts to seed flares to flying magnets. Giratina appears to be electrocuted in a machine designed to kill him.
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Products & Purchases
May induce sudden need for PokÃ©mon trading cards.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie will thrill Pokémon fans, but a helpful intro makes it accessible to newbies. Cartoonish mild violence occurs throughout, and one character appears to be electrocuted. The main human characters are a boy and girl who operate well as a team, along with their Pokémon buddies. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While the plot sounds complicated, it's fairly straightforward once you realize there are four villains with varying degrees of badness, and Pokémon powers with varying levels of effectiveness. These two dimensions are brought into contact repeatedly amidst skilled animation that superimposes anime-style action over beautiful static backgrounds resembling Lake Como and Norwegian fishing villages. Stiff dialogue, weak jokes, and confounding Pokémon skills (an aromatherapy move?) probably won't detract from the entertainment for Pokémon fans.
For youngest kids, the nonstop action and cute-as-a-button antics and voices of the Pokémon helpers will be enough. For older kids, there's a message about helping others, facing challenges, and doing the right thing, even when that means working with former enemies.
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