To be honest, I already told myself not to watch any Pokemon related stuff cuz I don’t have time. But one day, I got this urge feeling to watch the latest Pokemon movie, I Choose You. I tried to throw away this urge, but it keeps on coming back to me. The people around me didn’t help. Most of them had seen the movie and they encourage me to watch it. In the end, I gave in.
If I remember it correctly, it was around in highschool when I last watched a Pokemon movie. I think it was Pokemon 2000. I really liked that one. It had everything I liked about the Pokemon series.
The latest movie, Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You, is about the retelling of the main story of Pokemon with a twist. I find this really interesting, I mean, its been years since I watched the series so I dunno WTF really happened. That’s why I can’t really compare this movie to the original. Yeeeeehh!!
The movie started really cute. Ash and Pikachu’s first meeting was indeed memorable. Not only that, it’s also nice to see again the classic pokemons I knew back in the day. They featured them really well. Wow, I feel so old.
The story was okay. Typical pokemon movie. Though, I did notice that its fast. I mean, the movie felt like a summary of the first arc of the series. The pacing was that fast. Still, I don’t really see it as a negative point. The world building though, I’m glad that the origin of the Pokemons was discussed. I always wanted to know it. But what made the story going were the characters, specifically, Ash’s growth all through out the movie. Seeing him struggle as a trainer was endearing to watch. Ash is still the Ash I remembered years ago. Damn.
What made me not like this movie were the addition of new characters. I’m not bitter nor do I hate the new characters, I’m just disappointed. I am a big fan of the team up: Ash, Misty & Brock, so seeing Ash hanging out with a different set of characters was abit uncomfortable to watch. Good thing they had good personalities, I especially like Souji. He is very useful and his backstory was touching and tragic at the same time. Makoto, on the other hand, was annoying. She was getting on my nerves at the beginning, but atleast she matured enough for me to understand her by the end of the movie. I still don’t cherish this new characters like how I cherish Misty & Brock, but at least I don’t hate them.
Infairness, the villain in this movie was quiet good. His principles definitely go against Ash’s which is great cuz it triggered an inner struggle within our main character, which he really needs to grow and become a better trainer. I think my only problem with him was his actions in the climax part. It was…stupid…stupid…and stupid in unknown levels. It wasn’t just his actions, I really don’t like what happened after that. I know they need something to spice up and build up for the climax, but it produced a sour response from me.
The last issue I got from this movie would be the Team Rocket. They are there in the movies, yes, but they pretty much acted like cameos. They didn’t left any huge impressions to which was a bummer. It would have been nice if they at least include Team Rocket in the later half of the movie. Sigh.
Enough about the characters, let me talk about the art & animation. The art is quite similar to the original, though its alot brighter than the latter. OLM studio pretty much perfected the whole look of the series Pokemon. The animation was definitely more smooth and appealing to watch compared to the original. It was nice to watch.
Before I end this, I wanted to share that I watched this movie in English Dub. STOP! Hold you horses, bruh. Before you start typing in the comment section , hear me out. I chose to watch this in Dub cuz I was accustomed to watching Pokemon in English. Believe me, I tried watching it on Japanese Dub, but it was hard to swallow. That’s why I watched it in English Dub. The voice actors did a splendid job in bringing the characters to life. It was really good.
Overall, this movie was really nice to watch. I didn’t expect myself to like it this much, but yeah, I like it. Even though the targeted audience of this movie is clearly children, people like me, the old ones, could still enjoy this one cuz of its nostalgia factor. That’s why, you peepz reading this, watch this movie. You’ll enjoy it. I promise. XD
Thanks for reading!! @_@