Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!
Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You! is a 2017 animated film by The Pokémon Company. It was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, as part of the Alternative Timeline run of the Pokémon movies.
Ash Ketchum, a kid from Pallet Town, embarks on a journey across the Kanto region to become a Pokémon 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.
- The writer did a terrible job with trying to write a story for the anime's 20th anniversary. The whole presentation is just nothing but disregarding past events, and focusing on a completely different story, with only a few exceptions.
- Some of the voice acting from the other actors in the English version is a little bland. For example, Sorrel sounds like Lloyd from The Lego Ninjago Movie, a character who sounds like he needs his two front teeth back.
- The movie itself is a disgrace to the first season of Indigo League, and the entire original saga of the Pokèmon anime series in general because none of these events - not even the Rainbow Wing Pokémon - ever even slightly happened all except for Pikachu being Ash's first Pokémon, Pikachu being a jerk to Ash until they both become friends later on. They're the only things from the movie that are canon.
- Many of the characters are complete unlikable and mean spirited jerks in this movie, and Ash seems like the worst offender in comparison as he acts out of character the whole movie, a similar problem that Surf's Up 2: WaveMania had with one character. For example, when he loses to another trainer, he throws a temper tantrum about it.
- Sorrel and Verity are completely pointless, are very bland, paper thin, and one dimensional characters, and also have very little to no other personality traits. The only traits they do have: For Sorrel, he only enjoys reading books and learning about legends and nothing else. Verity in the other hand is really unlikable, she makes fun of Ash for his good natured relationship with his mother, and hates him for no reason whatsoever until she finally respects him later on in the movie. Heck, they were only here for this movie as we just met them, and pretended Misty and Brock never really existed in the first place.
- Ash never formally encounters Team Rocket in the movie, much less battle them.
- The plot falls off the rails in so many areas with such cut corners. For example, after Ash finds the Rainbow Wing, he already challenges Erika, the fourth gym leader. The problems can at least be easily forgotten, and the plot can easily be written if it was set in Kanto, and not set in Sinnoh.
- 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 Pokémon movie?
- 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.
- After Ash's Charmander evolves, it continues to remain a typical obedient Pokémon, whereas in the series, it became reckless, rowdy, and otherwise disobedient once evolved into Charmeleon, and remained as such well after becoming Charizard. Only after Ash nursed it back from being severely frozen did it start to listen to Ash again.
- Speaking of the source material and Sorrel and Verity, the fact that the movie kicks Brock and Misty out is bad enough. The only sign of Brock and Misty is a promo image with all of the past traveling companions featured in the promotional image, and that is it. Despite being the redeeming quality, not even the promotional image can be good enough to save this failed disaster as the damage was already done.
- The concept of the Rainbow Wing is a decent concept, but it is out of place here as it only works for another Pokémon movie and not a movie that is supposed to tell past events. Not focus on something completely different.
- What's even worse is that the movie goes as normal (Ash becoming the greatest Pokémon master), but as soon as he finds Verity, the movie changes direction and instead of Ash beating all of the gyms to become a Pokémon master which is his normal goal, he ends up trying to find Ho-Oh to challenge it.
- The scene where Pikachu speaks for the very first time (though it was part of Ash's imagination) angered many fans of the show and the franchise, who took this issue to many social media platforms. Yes, there were times where Pikachu have spoken in Mystery Dungeon (both the games and anime spin-off) and also in Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, but at least they were both subtle. This right here is just as pointless and unnecessary as how it was handled in Tom and Jerry speaking the entire Tom and Jerry 1992 film.
- Marshadow's role in the film is also very poorly handled, as well as wasted potential.
- Beautiful animation and Ash's design is a marked improvement over the Sun & Moon anime.
- Decent music, including the remastered original theme song,
- While Ash's cap has a different emblem from that of the first five seasons, the original symbol does appear on his backpack.
- Some moments are funny, like when Ash goes to the Pokémon 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."
- Charizard's former owner is a more developed rival, who would have multiple encounters with Ash and witnesses his former Pokémon's development. The Pokémon's original owner in the original series was a one-off arrogant trainer who felt that actually training Pokémon was beneath him, and wanted to take his then-Charmander back after seeing it defeat Team Rocket after it had recovered, seeing as it suddenly became powerful again, but it refused and sent the trainer running off. The Charmander in the film wanted to go back to his trainer once it recovered, but the trainer refused to take it, still viewing it as weak.
- The ending's quite heartwarming.
- Ash's current voice actor, Sarah Natochenny, still does a good job with Ash's voice, even if she can overact sometimes.
- Professor Oak, Jessie, James, Delia (Ash's mom), and Meowth are the only characters that returned for this movie.
- At the end of the film, there a montage of scenes from the previous Pokémon films.
- The first minutes of the film is a decent remake of the first episode of the show.
- Ash's friends and companions (except the ones from the Sun and Moon series) appear as cameos in the ending credits, including Misty and Brock.
Fans saw this movie as the opportunity for Veronica Taylor to voice Ash for the first time in 12 years since the eighth season of the anime, Advanced Battle. It was later revealed that she would not be returning to voice him. In general, there were some fans of the series that liked the movie, but it was also critically panned by many Pokémon 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 Pokémon anime series with retelling it to something completely different from the original saga.