YMMV / Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

  • Awesome Music:
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In Ash's Disney Death scene, where he hurriedly says goodbye to Pikachu and his Pokémon; this film ended up being the final entry in the Pokémon series where Veronica Taylor voiced Ash, and so the scene can be seen as the goodbye to her iteration of him as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Brock's first meeting with the wild Bonsly can be seen as even funnier, when, later in Battle Frontier, he would catch a Bonsly of his own.
    • Brock's flirting with Kidd is interrupted by this Bonsly. Brock's own Bonsly occasionally takes over the Running Gag of preventing him from hitting on girls.
    • The sounds the Regis make sounds a lot like dubstep.
    • The city where Kidd's partner Banks is looks an awful lot like Castelia City from above.
    • The Mew in this movie has no connection to the Mew of Pokémon: The First Movie. Later, the same happened with Mewtwo's clone, and had a much bigger impact on the fanbase.
    • Aaron's interaction with Mew in the Japanese version. Koichi Yamadera voices Aaron, but he also voiced Mew in the first movie.
    • May's dress for the festival, specifically her bow, certainly looks like the one her game counterpart wears in OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire, doesn't it?
    • While rather dark, it's actually pretty funny that Aaron sacrifices himself to end a war without bloodshed... only for Pokémon Conquest, a game about winning them, to come out a few years later.
  • Ho Yay: Aaron and Lucario have astronomical amounts of this.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some people watch the movie for the titular Lucario and his storyline, leading to some disappointment after the darker, more serious opening gives way to the wacky antics of Ash, his friends, all the "cute" Pokémon, and the Rocket trio. This is interesting, as in most cases of this trope the audience ignores the story in favor of something else. Here, they're coming for Lucario's story and ignore everything else.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: This, the Mewtwo movie (mostly in Japanese), the Lugia movie, the Entei movie, and the Kyurem movie are often considered the high points of the movie series.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The fact that Ash possesses the same power as Aaron and Lucario is never really touched upon in this movie or the series.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This movie is praised as one of the best in the series and a successful promotion of of an upcoming Pokémon, with Lucario becoming one of the most popular Pokémon for it role in it and great usability in-game. Zoroark and its movie were an attempt to emulate that, but being more gimmicky than useful and harder to acquirenote  in-game stopped it from achieving similar success. When they tried again with Mega Mewtwo Y, its movie proved so controversial that it sunk its reputation regardless of its in-game performance.
  • Wangst: Lucario falls into this for some but through no fault of his own - because the movie shows right from the start that the situation with Aaron was a misunderstanding and that Lucario's belief that he betrayed him is wrong, it's more difficult to feel for him the way you might have without that knowledge.