YMMV: Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life

  • Base Breaker: Arceus. To some, he's cool and genuinely tragic, while to others, he's a whiny Jerkass with an annoying voice.
  • Creator's Pet: The spikey-eared Pichu, which would go on to become a Promotional Powerless Piece of Garbage in HeartGold and SoulSilver (which even swiped Celebi's place from the original games' Ilex Forest shrine event).
    • Seriously, you could remove Pichu and replace it with another small Pokémon, and everything would still turn out the same. To make matters worse, the poster of the film displays it like a main cast member, even though it has very little screen time than that of other (more notable) Pokémon.
  • Descended Creator: According to ADR director Tom Wayland, Arceus was originally going to be voiced by actor Vincent D'Onofrio of Full Metal Jacket and Men in Black fame. However, before his recording session, there were difficulties with D'Onofrio's agent and he was unable to record for the movie. After re-auditioning, Tom Wayland himself was chosen to voice Arceus instead.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Sheena tells the heroes about a legend involving a young trainer with an electric Pokémon, Dawn automatically assumes it's referring to Ash. He isn't so quick to agree however, probably because of what happened the last time he Jumped at the Call.
    • Some people said that Marcus was the human version of Shadow the Hedgehog when the movie was still in Japan, thanks to their similar appearances. The English dub then had Jason Griffith (the English voice of Shadow from 2005 to 2010) voice Marcus.
  • Iron Woobie: The Creation Trio, particularly (and literally) Dialga. The three of them stand up against what is essentially their parent (and a literal God) to stop him from destroying humanity, and get repeatedly knocked down, with Dialga being the last man standing.note 
  • Just Here for Godzilla: There's a part of the audience that skips most of the story just to see the Creation Trio battle against Arceus.
  • Narm: Thunder creature? Really? Sheena couldn't just say "Electric-type Pokémon" or even Pikachu?!
    • For some, Arceus' English voice is built out of Narm. Dan Green should have voiced him, not Damos.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Well, subplot - at one point in the future, Team Rocket stumble across the real Jewel of Life as Arceus battles above them. You'd think that they'd try and use it to bait Arceus and get him under their control (or at least get him to cease his "judgement"). Instead they fumble around, do nothing with it and by the end the Jewel fades away thanks to the Timey-Wimey Ball. They might as well have never found the sodding bauble to begin with.
    • At least one critic persuasively argues that the Damos plot would be significantly more compelling if he had originally given in to temptation and refused to return the Jewel of Life, a good man betraying his morals for the sake of what he believes is a Necessary Evil. Such a plot would also have made Marcus a bit more compelling and three-dimensional, using him first as a Devil's Advocate, and later, to try swiping the jewel himself in the endgame.
  • What an Idiot: Ash, Dawn, and Brock doing nothing but standing there as Kevin explicitly orders them to escape as Giratina is in the distance fighting Dialga. Then Ash impulsively runs into the lake to get to Giratina. Granted, Giratina doesn't hurt him, but it was still a pretty dumb move when up against the enraged, 14ft tall Eldritch Abomination.