YMMV / Pokémon 4Ever

  • Awesome Music: The Japanese ending song Ashita Tenki ni Shite Okure (English translation: Let There Be Good Weather).
  • Complete Monster: The Iron-Masked Marauder is the film's Big Bad and one of Team Rocket's elite agents. The Marauder designed the Dark Balls, which devolve any Pokemon caught in them into mindless evil against their will, and he uses them in his quest to capture Celebi. He demonstrates this by corrupting a Tyranitar into destroying a hunter's camp to get him to spill information about Celebi. Coming into conflict with Ash and Sammy, the Marauder fails in his first attempts to stop them. Ambushing them later, the Marauder captures Celebi, electrocutes it into submission, and crushes Ash's hands until he passes out. Corrupting Celebi, the Marauder has Celebi wreak wanton destruction on the forest, intending to use it to betray Giovanni (Team Rocket's head) and take over the world. Meeting resistance, the Marauder tries to directly kill Ash and Sammy and tortures Suicune when it defends them. When Celebi finally regains her senses, she dies as a result of the Marauder's abuse. Callous, and with no regard to who he hurts, the Iron-Masked Marauder was a true sociopath with no altruistic qualities to counter his evil.
  • Ending Fatigue: The film feels like it's wrapping us when Celebi is revived by the time-travelling ones......only for Marauder to pop out one more time to try and catch it again, leading to another confrontation.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In the beginning of the movie (40 years from the present), the poacher that was hunting down Celebi had a Scyther. Guess what Dark Celebi's monster looks like?
    • Related to above, Scyther wasn't random. Neither was Houndoom. Both their dual types are at the very least resistant to Celebi's attacks, and both are strong against Celebi's own dual types.
    • While traveling with Ash and co., the viewers see that Sammy has a passion for keeping track of all the different Pokémon he encounters in his sketchbook, and once they realize that Sammy is Prof. Oak, it finally makes sense where the idea for the invention of the Pokédex came from.
  • Fridge Logic: If the Masked Marauder's Pokemon become evil, why do they continue to faithfully follow his orders? Wouldn't evil Pokemon be constantly rebelling?
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The Dark Pokémon are based off the TCG, though nowadays Shadow Pokémon may come to mind.
    • One of the poacher's captives is a Tyranitar, which Vicious would take for himself as his dragon. Late into the Johto saga, Ash and company would later meet a Tyranitar who also had a bad experience with poachers in general (if you haven't already guessed, it's the mother of Ash's Larvitar).
  • Ho Yay: There's quite a bit of subtext between Sam and Ash, though it becomes somewhat Squick-worthy when viewers find out who Sam is.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Dark Celebi. Those emotionless eyes...
    • The Marauder in general. His mask with red eye holes, his sasitic glee in torturing both Human's and Pokemon. He nearly brainwashes Celebi to death, geez! Even Jessie, James and Meowth were horrified of his sadistic methods.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The twig monster Celebi was controlling. It looks creepy at first, but as it gets more screen time, it just looks ridiculous and out-of-place with its conspicuous CGI.
  • Tear Jerker: Celebi's Disney Death.
  • The Woobie: Celebi.
  • Writer Cop Out: Some people might see the emergence of dozens of time-traveling Celebi to revive the main Celebi as this, especially since the film, for some reason, faked the audience out once with a previous Deus ex Machina that turned out to not do any good.