Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!

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Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!
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Genre: Anime
Animated Film
Family Film
Photography: Color
Running Time: 112 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: July 15, 2017
Directed by: Kunihiko Yuyama
Written by: Shōji Yonemura
Distributed by: Toho
Starring: Sarah Natochenny
Ikue Ōtani
Kate Bristol
Previous film: N/A
Next film: Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

Pokmon The Movie: I Choose You! is a 2017 animated film by The Pokemon Company. It was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon.

Plot

Ash Ketchum, a kid from Pallet Town, embarks on a journey across the Kanto region to become a Pokemon Master. With his partner Pikachu, who at first hated Ash. But the bond of Pikachu and Ash builds as they travel to beat gyms and enter the league of Kanto.

Bad Qualities

  1. The voice acting is bland. For example, Sorrel sounds like Lloyd from The Lego Ninjago Movie, a character who sounds like he needs his two front teeth back.
  2. The movie itself is a disgrace to the first season of Indigo League, and the entire original saga of the Pokemon anime series in general because none of these events happen all except for Pikachu being Ash's first Pokemon, Pikachu being a jerk to Ash until they both become friends later on. They're the only things from the movie that are canon, not the rest of this movie. This was why the 20th anniversary of the anime was the worst anniversary for the Pokemon anime, and why the whole retelling is not canon to Pokemon.
  3. Many of the characters are total jerks, and while the main antagonist, Cross, is a complete jerk for no reason he is a blatant rip off of Paul from the DP Series due to his personality first he release Charmander. (like what Paul did to Chimchar in the DP Series), Ash seems like the worst offender in comparison as he acts out of character, a similar problem that Surf's Up 2: WaveMania had with one character.
  4. Having Cross from Alola as an antagonist makes no sense at all as this was set in Kanto. And also, if this was set n Kanto, then WHY DOES VERITY HAVE PIPLUP, AND WHY DOES SORREL HAVE LUCARIO?
  5. Misty and Brock aren't featured in this movie and are replaced by Verity and Sorrel, two characters who have no potential, no redeeming qualities, no purpose here whatsoever, they are just pointless replacements like Misty and Brock didn't ever happen.
  6. The plot, in the beginning, is very rushed and cuts corners. For example, after Ash finds the Rainbow Ring, he already challenges Erika, the fourth gym leader.
  7. It started off good until it went downhill where it begins to completely disregard past events of the first season. If Thomas and Friends: "The Adventure Begins" can do something right, then why can't this Pokemon movie?
  8. Ash only uses Pikachu, Butterfree (before being released into the wild) and Charizard, discarding all of the iconic and useful Pokémon he had throughout the series.
  9. Speaking of the source material, the fact that it removes Brock and Misty is bad enough, but what's even worse is that the movie goes as normal (Ash becoming the greatest Pokemon master), but as soon as he finds Verity, the movie changes direction and instead of Ash beating all of the gyms to become a Pokemon master which is his normal goal, he ends up trying to find Ho-Oh to challenge it.
  10. The scene where Ash is killed by a group of evil Pokémon (due to Marshadow's influence) is an obvious ripoff of the scene where Ash dies and turns to stone from Pokemon The First Movie.
  11. The scene where Pikachu speaks for the very first time (though it was part of Ash's imagination) angered many fans of the show, who took this issue to many social media platforms. Yes, he had spoken in Mystery Dungeon and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, but at least they were both ssubtle. This right here is just as pointless as Tom and Jerry speaking the entire Tom and Jerry 1992 film.
  12. Likely as said in #11, Pikachu is not supposed to speak in the anime; having it speak just contradicts and undermines everything else and comes off as out of nowhere.
  13. This also replaced Gary (though he appeared as a cameo when picking up his Squirtle) with Cross, who is just the bland foe in the Pokemon series who is just here. This shows the writers behind the movie had no idea what the original saga was like.

Good Qualities

  1. Beautiful animation and Ash's design looks way much better than in "Sun & Moon".
  2. Decent music.
  3. Some moments are funny, like when Ash goes to the Pokemon Center to heal Pikachu and Nurse Joy says "Who were you battling?" and Ash responded by saying Ho-Oh and Nurse Joy just says "That's nice."
  4. The ending's quite heartwarming.
  5. Jesse, James, Ash's mom, and Meowth are the only characters that returned for this movie.
  6. At the end of the film, there a montage of scenes from the previous Pokémon films.
  7. The first minutes of the film is a decent remake of the first episode of the show.
  8. Some Pokemon fans might like this movie.
  9. Ash's friends and companions (all except the ones from the Sun and Moon series and the ones from Kanto To Kalos) appear as cameos in the ending credits.

Reception

There were some fans of the series that liked the movie, but it was also critically panned by many Pokemon fans for ignoring past events, replacing Brock and Misty with two other characters that were never added in the original saga from the first five seasons, the one infamous scene where Pikachu speaks in the anime for no real reason other than story purposes, the removal of Gary, and how it dishonored the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon anime series with retelling it to something completely different from the original saga.