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Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You! (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You!
Year: 2017
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Directed By: Kunihiko Yuyama
Starring: Unsho Ishizuka, Rica Matsumoto, Sarah Natochenny
About: Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town is 10 years old today. This means he is now old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer. Ash dreams big about the adventures he will experience after receiving his first Pokémon from Professor Oak.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r12w4iRBLp4&t=5s

My Review:
Having not seen this since it's first release back in 2017 and noticing that it was on Netflix I could not resist but to see this movie again. As a big Pokemon fan this film is something in which I could watch all of the time.

This movie is great in that it shows how Ash got Pikachu and how when they first met Pikachu really didn't get along with Ash at all and didn't really want to be his Pokemon and how their friendship really develops which is something I think is great to show for all the people who grew up with the Pokemon anime and got connected to all of the characters. I also thought by giving Ash the Rainbow Wing it showed how pure he was and how he cared for all Pokemon and how he wasn't just wanting the power in which Pokemon is able to give trainers but wanted their friendship. By also showing how Ash helped Pokemon which was in need by the likes of Charmander by saving him when his master had abandoned them was really sweet to see. I also thought that by sending Ash to a world without Pokemon and showing how he got back to Pikachu and how strong his love for Pokemon was is a great addition to the film as it showed how Pokemon is not in every universe. Personally, I also really liked the animation style throughout the movie and made me really enjoy watching it.

However, I do wish that this movie showed more about the Pokemon in which Ash encountered and captured and how they all interacted as parts of this which should have been very emotional didn't get that effect due to not connecting with the Pokemon as much as the audience could have been. By having this movie so fast paced I feel like they missed some things which would have made the watcher connect with the movie even more and could have brought the audience loving more of the Pokemon. I also thought by not showing the battle with Ho-oh was something which was actually saddening as it was what the movie was leading up to throughout and would have made the movie feel more complete instead of only two moves. The only other thing that I thought was strange was hearing Pikachu speak as it was just not the voice in which I would have ever pictured him having as well as it was just a very strange moment of the film which didn't seem like it truly fit with the scene.

Overall, I think that this movie is great for Pokemon fans new and old but did have some problems with it. I would definitely see this again however and look forward to future Pokemon movies in which they create as it is a franchise in which I personally love.

My Rating: 4/5 

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