We watched Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You the other night. It came out in the US on November 5, 2017. It was shown in theaters and we were bummed we couldn’t make it, but it was shown on TV recently. I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about the movie going in. I just knew it was kind of a throwback to Ash getting Pikachu and starting out. It was a little different from what I expected… so, I was kind of glad we didn’t see it in theaters.
I have never dropped so many F-bombs nor teared up at a Pokemon movie as much as I did with this one! We expected it to be chock full of nostalgia with the beginning resembling the start of Ash’s journey, which is probably the season of the anime that Rachel and I are most familiar with. We watched the show through the first couple of regions, but our interest waned when the anime started taking place in Sinnoh or so. Basically, when Brock left, so did we, haha!
The beginning of this movie was great. It was so nostalgic and I loved the way they portrayed Ash starting his journey – and Pikachu is utterly adorable! But for the last hour or so of the movie, I had a steady, thick stream of tears. It wasn’t pretty.
My favorite part was when the theme song played. Hearing the original theme song was induced so many feelings itself, but having it coupled with the gorgeous montage of key moments from the beginning of Ash’s journey was amazing! Anime is a hit or miss with me in regards to the animation, but this movie was really well done. And the music? Damn, I would love to rock out to those tunes while playing the games! The animation and the music quality was awesome throughout the movie, even when the movie had a couple of dark turns.
The theme song certainly was the best part. It was more of a montage than an actual theme, but the original song was great to hear and I loved how they fast forward time in that way. The music overall was upbeat and definitely got you amped up during the battles and the climax at the end. The other characters were great, too. I missed Misty and Brock for sure, but Sorrel and Verity were a great addition to Ash’s team. I would love to see more of them.
Yes, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Sorrel’s and Verity’s characters. Misty and Brock will always be the best companions, and I was a little put-off that they weren’t even mentioned (although, there seemed to be some Pokemon nods to them in the movie), but Sorrel and Verity did well. It was also a nice conclusion, if you will, for Ash seeing Ho-Oh in the very first episode of the anime. And then the movie had to show the scenes of how Charmander joined Ash’s team, of the episode Bye-Bye Butterfree, of a Luxray having a truly sad ending, that made us nearly bawl. Despite a weird moment of the final battle where Pikachu spoke English, we were tearing up at the end of the fight, too!
The final parts of the movie were trippy and morbid, which really threw me off. I was not expecting it to take such a turn. It was great to see Marshadow, but even that Pokemon wasn’t explained very well – unless everything just went over my head. Overall, it was a great movie and I’m glad we watched it. It was nice to see the characters again, despite how weird it got.
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