REVIEW: Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You

I Choose You

★★★ 3/5

Confession. Anything Pokémon related that is even the TINIEST bit sad makes me cry. What? Didn't I just say something recently about me and physical tears? Why yes, yes I did in my review for A Monster Calls. Apparently, what I said there doesn't count when it comes to something playing on nostalgia.

I'm one of those kids who grew up on Pokémon. I often don't know how to give proper star ratings, especially when something hits so close to my childhood. Even if it's not good, I love it because feelings? That's Pokémon for me. Seeing any Pokémon movie reminds me of the time I saw the first Pokémon movie in theaters. That is a memory of a six-year-old girl, and I have few young memories. That's how important it was to me!

Funny story, when I went to see that movie, it started with the Pikachu short, and I thought that was it. I thought that was the movie, and I was so darn disappointed. Then the actual movie started, and it was amazing, and I cried at the end with all the Pokémon crying. I mean, c'mon. That was sad. That wasn't really a spoiler, though I'm pretty sure most people who like Pokemon have seen that movie. BUT WAIT. That's not true. That's why they did this new movie recapping everything, right?

I am officially old.

Naturally, I had to see Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You in theaters because I had to honor the first movie, which I also saw in theaters as a kid. It was a good experience. A fun movie. However, I didn't feel it was the best in what some Pokémon movies have to offer.

The story was a good recap, but that's all I really felt it was good for, unfortunately. I wanted Ho-oh's movie to be deserving of that rainbow fire bird first seen way back in the first episode of the Pokémon anime, but no. Ash was proclaimed the Rainbow Hero, but how was he a hero? I dunno.

Okay, okay, maybe you'll argue it's his good heart, light versus dark. Spoilers in the rest of the review. We do meet a trainer, Cross, in that movie who is super horrible to his Charmander. He's jealous because the day Ash left on his adventure, he got the rainbow wing from Ho-oh. Cross didn't, even though he saw Ho-oh too.

The good heart and the bad heart. I guess the reason Ash is a hero is because of this? Because he saved Cross sort of? That's the only idea I have. It's not like Ash saved the world like in Pokémon: The Movie 2000. It wasn't as heart wrenching or as big of a story as Pokémon 3: The Movie. Ash just made it to a mountain to call Ho-oh down for a battle. That doesn't sound hero worthy to me, more like privileged.

There was also a specific part of the movie that kind of just made me cringe. Apparently, a lot of people feel the same because I keep hearing about it. Pikachu talks... and it's so weird. Like, they didn't need to tell us what Pikachu was saying to Ash right in that moment. We know. We know why Pikachu doesn't want to go in his Poké Ball. At first, it's because he has an attitude, but later it's because he always wants to be with Ash. They are BFFs.

I'm giving the movie a hard time. You want to know the parts that made me cry? When the Luxray died and when we said Bye Bye Butterfree. Yeah, I can't handle stuff like that when it comes to Pokémon. Charmander and his darn owner just leaving him out in the rain and telling him to wait forever for him was really awful too.

All in all, I enjoyed the movie. I thought it was worth seeing, but it didn't live up to my favorite. My most favorite Pokémon movie is the third.

Now, if only I could find the time to finally finish Pokémon Sun...

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