Hey guys! It is late here, but I am restless, so I decided to write a review on the new movie of Pokémon that I watched in theaters just today: Pokémon: I Choose You! Pokémon fans should be aware how Pokémon first started: Ash starts his Pokémon journey with Pikachu. Well, this movie is a remake of the beginning, so think of this movie as an alternate world, so you don’t compare too much with the original beginning. Oh yeah, I got a new Pokémon card when I went to the movie: Ash’s Pikachu (It’ll look good in my collection). Anyway, time for the review.
Pokemon: I choose You (licensed by The Pokémon Company International)
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Warning: there might be spoilers, so read with caution!
The graphics of the movie was vibrant with colors, especially during Pokémon battles. The movie even made Ash look quite handsome and not as much of a clueless guy as before (I am not attracted to him in anyway). With the change in art style that still had the essence of the original work and the color, I would say that this movie was definitely designed for this generations Pokémon fans as well as for the old ones.
The story jumped around a bit, but it still stayed on the main point of Ash trying to locate Ho-oh. Oops, looks like I forgot to mention it, but just like the first episode of Pokémon, Ash witnessed Ho-oh flying by, but instead of just watching in awe and having the legendary Pokémon disappear and not be mentioned for a long period of time, Ho-oh left a feather for Ash. With this feather he will find Ho-oh and have a battle.
Another highlight of the movie was definitely the bond between Pikachu and Ash. Just like in the series, Pikachu wasn’t a fan of Ash when they first met, but after Ash rescued Pikachu, they became forever best friends. Speaking of Pikachu, he was just too cute! I wanted to hug the little guy so much, but I can’t exactly reach into the screen. The movie really focused on making Pikachu the most adorable Pokémon on the screen.
As for characters, there were a few new ones. I bet some of you were expecting Misty and Brock to be in the journey of this movie, but they were not Ash’s traveling companions. Instead, the traveling companions of Ash were the two new characters. Their names slip my mind, but one was a girl who has mentioned about having troubles at home with her mother and a boy who is working hard to be a researcher of Pokémon and that includes medical knowledge. The new girl character is pretty much the Misty and the other boy is the Brock character. Team Rocket was in this, but they were pretty much comedy relief. They didn’t interfere with Ash in anytime of the movie (quite shocking). There was also an enemy character named Cross (remembered his name because I wanted to hit him). He was the original owner of Charmander. In this movie he is quite the bad boy and nearly ended Ash’s life. I can’t go into too much detail in that.
The only Pokémon of Ash to appear in the movie are Butterfree (evolved from Caterpie and Metapod), Charizard (evolved from Charmander and Charmeleon), and of course Pikachu. I guess they couldn’t introduce all of Ash’s captures in the movie, but that’s OK, since this was meant to be a chapter in his journey.
There was also a very shocking scene in Pokémon that nearly brought me tears and it made some audience members gasp, but I refuse to reveal it or you guys will definitely not see it.
If I continue talking, I might reveal everything of this movie, but please give this movie a chance when it is released on Blu-ray or DVD (I have no idea when it will be released). It is worth a watch, especially if you are a Pokémon fan.