Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You Analysis and Review
Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You
Analysis and Review
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Movie overall: 4.5 Stars
Storyline: 4.5 Stars
Character Development: 4 Stars
Climax during the movie: 4.5 stars
There has been controversy over the newest Pokemon movie called “I Choose You” because of the storyline and the ending, though, it is like a regular Pokemon movie, it is a kid film and just like other Pokemon movies and animes. If you love the movie and animes you’ll love this film.
The beginning is very nostalgic when Ash first meets Pikachu, I had tears in my eyes. Pikachu was the usual little runt and wasn’t very happy to meet Ash but of course, later on, saved him and that’s when the real story begins with the Rainbow Wing.
During the sort of cutscene Ash catches a Caterpie which leads up to the ever so journey of Butterfree (I’ll get to this later and why I didn’t like it) and then he battles the 3rd gym leader in Kanto which is where we skip by Misty and Brock. Some people wanted Brock and Misty back into the original movie instead of Makoto and Soji, who I love though.
Makato’s Piplup reminds a lot of Dawn’s Piplup being able to use Hydro Pump and Drill Peck when not evolving, it made me have a love for that little Piplup. I also enjoyed Soji because of his care for Pokemon, though, the Luxray (not going to spoil this one) story will always make me cry.
Now back to the Caterpie, the writers were trying to re-create the episode “Bye-Bye Butterfree” but it was way too rushed, I think, it was still a nostalgia hit but not as much since we really didn’t get to see too much interaction between Ash and Caterpie, it evolved way too quickly. I would have liked to have seen more time spent with the Caterpie/Metapod before Butterfree or even time with Butterfree before Ash had to say Goodbye.
Now another scene that I loved still that was in the anime as well was Ash finding an abandoned Charmander in the rain. This time, though, its the rival in the movie Cross who seems to be from the Alola region from the Pokemon he has, a Lycanroc and Incineroar. Cross, like the anime, didn’t believe the Charmander was strong enough and would always be weak and abandon him. This was a very nostalgic scene as well. I miss the British Damian but I’ll go for Cross, he was a really good rival for this movie and I liked how it ended with him which I won’t spoil.
As a lot of you may know Marshadow made an appearance in this movie but all I’m going to say about that is he plays more of a major role in the end and there is only one part of the ending I really want to talk about that has had a lot of controversies.
Pikachu talks to Ash at the end of the movie, in human words, this has upset a lot of the Pokemon community. I’m not going to put a video because I don’t want to give away too much of the ending but I will say this, Ash was hit with a huge blast from a ton of Pokemon and I think he was just hallucinating or maybe had a telepathic link with Pikachu for a moment when he was weak and heard Pikachu. I DO NOT think Pikachu is going to be talking English in the anime, movies, etc. I think people are making a big deal of nothing and Ash just got hit by a bunch of attacks and in a moment of weakness connected with Pikachu.
Overall, I loved the movie. Some parts I wish were better but it kept me gripped and I loved it for nostalgia purposes too. I’ve always loved the anime and movies, so this is probably why I loved it so much. I wasn’t expecting it to win awards or win something big I was expecting a Pokemon movie, childish and fun. There was also a lot of good sensed humor in the movie, I didn’t say much about it because I didn’t want to spoil it, Team Rocket is there but it a humourous way.