Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Pokemon movie has fighting but focuses on friendship.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 72 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value
This movie contains fighting, although not among the main characters; they try to stop two secondary characters from fighting due to a misunderstanding, and there are no bad guys. The movie asserts that if everyone communicates with one another, everyone can be friends.
Positive Messages
This entry is less focused on tournaments and fighting and more focused on establishing friendship and trust with some newcomers. At first there's fighting, but eventually characters learn how to live with one another in peace.
Positive Role Models & Representations
In this particular entry, Ash is more of a peacekeeper than a kid obsessed with collecting and battling his Pokemon. When he meets a being from another world (or another time), he immediately extends a hand of friendship and promises to help get the creature back to its home, a promise he eventually keeps, even though it turns out to be more difficult than he thought.
Violence & Scariness
Unlike the other Pokemon movies, this one is not focused on tournaments and humans entering their collected "pet" Pokemon in battle. In this one, four Genesect, who mysteriously appear and are looking to get home, attack Mewtwo, mainly out of fear. Mewtwo battles the Genesect throughout, until they all come to understand one another. The battles include chasing, hurling fireballs, and explosions. No one gets seriously hurt, and there is no blood. One childlike Genesect keeps saying, "I want to go home," in a sad, scared voice, which could upset young children.
Sexy Stuff
As always, kids who see this movie are going to be aware of all the various Pokemon cards, games, and toys that are available, though this particular title is less about consuming than other Pokemon titles are.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened is an animated Pokemon movie. Unlike some of the other titles, this one seems less focused on collecting Pokemon and battling against one another in tournaments. Even so, kids who see this movie are going to be aware of all the games, cards, and toys that are for sale. The main fighting is clearly based on characters that misunderstand one another and attack out of fear. Ash and the human heroes are focused on making friends and trying to get everyone to live together in peace. The fighting is fantasy-based with chasing, fiery blasts, and explosions; no one gets hurt, and there's no blood. One lost alien, with a scared child's voice, keeps saying, "I want to go home," in a way that could upset younger viewers. (Note: It appears that the American DVD release is some 24 minutes shorter than the Japanese theatrical version.)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byBeastWing January 13, 2020

Pretty good

The story isn’t anything groundbreaking, however, it’s a Pokemon movie, so to say that’s what it is, it’s got quite a good story. The animation is pretty cool a... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 3, 2020

Pretty good

I like it but it's expensive

What's the story?

In POKEMON THE MOVIE: GENESECT AND THE LEGEND AWAKENED, Ash (voiced by Sarah Natochenny), his pals, and their Pokemon friends venture through a huge Central Park-like area in a huge city, where a new Pokemon habitat has been built. While exploring, Ash and Pikachu (voiced by Ikue Otani) meet a creature they have never seen before, a "Genesect." It explains that it wants to go home; Ash promises to help. Unfortunately, the powerful Mewtwo (voiced by Miriam Pultro) has also encountered the Genesect, including their wary, red leader, and was attacked. So now Mewtwo has tracked the newcomers to the habitat, and an all-out battle begins. It's up to Ash and his cohorts to determine the source of the misunderstanding and convince the combatants to be friends.

Is it any good?

This movie feels like a fairly lightweight entry in the Pokemon series. It's not particularly focused on characters -- Ash, Pikachu, and their friends don't seem to matter much in the grand scheme of things -- and the action stays largely in one place. Most of the drama in Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened revolves around the misunderstanding between Mewtwo and the Red Genesect. And since much of it has to do with Mewtwo's anger over having been created by humans in a lab, it will be hard for human audiences to identify with her plight.
However, the movie does a good job of establishing the decent motivations of all the characters; there are no bad guys here, just miscommunication. The ultimate goal of finding one's place in the world and learning to trust and become friends with those around you seems a good and heartfelt one. Moreover, the movie does not focus on collecting and battling Pokemon, as many of the previous entries have done. This decent message arguably overrides the movie's shortcomings.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened's violence. Does there seem to be too much or too little? How does it affect the story?
  • Why are Mewtwo and Red Genesect fighting? What's preventing them from being friends?
  • Is it true that everyone can be friends, like Ash says? Are you always friends with everyone? What do you have to do to maintain friendships?
  • Does this movie make you want to collect more Pokemon games and toys?

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