'Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution' Is On Netflix Now
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution is available now on Netflix for any and all Pokémaniacs to dive into this weekend. Despite having a truly stupid name, this CGI remake of 1999's Pokémon: The First Movie should be a familiar, fun ride for longtime Pokémon fans - provided you can get past the divisive new animation style which, full disclosure, I actually quite like.
The movie hit Netflix yesterday, Pokémon Day, but who among us really wants to sit down and watch a movie after a long day at work these days? Personally I'd be asleep before the opening credits, so this one is definitely a weekend job for me. I'm looking forward to it, even if some fans have argued that they perhaps should have left the original movie alone.
Of course, there are now thousands of brand-new Pokémon fans around the world who never saw the original movie - so what should they expect from the remake? In a nutshell, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution follows Ash and his friends as they come face to face with Mewtwo, a genetically-engineered Pokémon who's developed a well-earned hatred of humanity.
"When researchers discover and exploit a fossil of the Mythical Pokémon Mew, they unleash a creation that goes against the very laws of nature," reads the official synopsis from Netflix. "The Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo was intended for use as a tool of destruction. But as Mewtwo becomes aware of its own dubious origin, it begins to resent its human creators and seeks revenge..."
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There are massive Pokémon battles, Team Rocket providing some solid comic relief, a hilarious moment where Ash attempts to punch Mewtwo for some reason, and a really rather wonderful message about diversity and acceptance baked into the plot.
No doubt some dark corners of the internet will argue that Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution is forcing its politics on us, but it's the same as it was in 1999. A little heavy-handed maybe, but a good message for kids everywhere to hear. I know it hit me as a six-year-old watching the original back in the day.
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution released in Japan last year, where it was a huge hit. Thanks to a heady blend of nostalgia and Japan's well-documented love of all things Pokémon the movie became one of the top-grossing films in its opening weekend. Whether you're completely new to this particular story, or the original was one of your favourite films growing up, be sure to give it a whirl this weekend. If nothing else, I'm sure that scene towards the end will still reduce us all to tears.
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