I went to watch Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning, and the best part was the promos. I wasn’t too excited about the promos when they were announced, but that changed when I saw them in person. These promos are beautiful and have a lovely foiling effect. I pulled a Davis and Veemon for my Imperialdramon deck and couldn’t be happier.

The movie isn’t the worst, but I am disappointed by the direction it took. If you are thinking of watching Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning, I would hold off till you can watch it for free on a small screen. Aside from the promos, it wasn’t worth watching it in theaters. 

The movie follows the cast of the original Adventure 02 in a new adventure, sort of. We get to briefly see how the cast has changed after ten years, but the movie is really about a new character Lui. The Beginning is really a prequel of sorts that rewrites the origins of all established lore in a way that is going to upset a lot of fans. If you are hoping for some amazing combat between your favorite Digimon and some big bad, prepare to be disappointed. While the movie attempts to touch on some dark themes, nothing happens.

If you want to watch people talk about how amazing and unbreakable the bond between Digimon and humans is for an hour and a half, this is the movie for you. You’ll have to sit through a lot of cheesy dialogue, digivolution filler, and the most disappointing boss fight you’ll ever see. I almost left the theater after the big fight. There is no buildup, and the fight is so quick that you’ll miss it if you blink. I was expecting an action-pact dark and gritty reboot of a series I remember fondly, not this cheesy waste of time. 

It is a shame that they botched this reboot so badly because it has some solid elements. The voice acting is fantastic, the art style is cool, and the animation is amazing. Watching the digivolutions on the big screen was such a cool experience, but one that felt overdone because there was nothing else going on in the movie.

It wasn’t the worst movie I’ve sat through, but it also isn’t very good. I loved seeing how the original cast grew and matured, but they were wasted. If you are a long-time fan, it’s going to be disappointing, but watchable. For everyone else, I recommend you skip it.