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Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us (2018) Review

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In 2017, the Japanese anime film Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! was released, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the popular “pocket monster” franchise. The movie, which was directed by Pokémon movie director veteran / anime director Kunihiko Yuyama followed the adventures of young Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum, Pikachu (Ash’s first Pokémon), and the adventures they have and share together; meeting new friends, enemies, and learning about the legend of legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh. I Choose You! is the first of new line of Pokémon movies, setting up an alternative continuity timeline to the main series and acts as a very loose retelling of the original Kanto League (Indigo League) saga of the series / show. The movie was released in Japan during the summer of 2017 and (partnering up with The Pokémon Company International and Fathom Events) received a limited theatrical special engagement screening across the US in November 2017 as well as be released in other international territories (UK, Australia, and France) following the US release. The film was met with mixed reviews from critics and fans / moviegoers, with many torn about the idea of the feature’s setting placed outside the already established Pokémon TV series timeline, while other praise the film’s nostalgia of the classic Generation I Pokémon (of which populate majority of the film). In the end, I Choose You! was able to profit from its theatrical release, making $38 million at the box office worldwide. Now, a year later, OLM / Wit Studio and director Tetuso Yajima present the next chapter in the super popular Japanese anime franchise with the movie Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us. Does this Pokémon movie find its stride or does it fail to find a “connection” in the popular franchise? Read more