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Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! Review (Spoilers Ahead)

 

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Your favourite trainer from Pallet Town is back in the newest instalment to the world-wide franchise ‘Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!’. The flick retells the origins of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu whilst touching upon some of the biggest and most influential moments of the first ever series… but not how you’d remember them.

Being a passionate fan and loyal fan of the Pokemon franchise since childhood, both TV and game, the cinema release of ‘Pokemon the Movie: I choose you’ wasn’t something I was going to miss out on. The theatre was inevitably packed out with 90’s kids and adults alike who definitely were not embarrassed to admit their love for the anime. If you’re like me, one thing you must remember when watching this, is that we are no longer the target audience. At times, the events and story moments of the movie are slightly laughable, and a bit ridiculous. However, the younger children in the theatre were absolutely mesmerised by the viewing as much as I would have been at that age watching the original ones.

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Celebrating the 20th anniversary, it follows Ash’s search for the legendary Pokemon Ho-Oh, that he is lucky enough to catch a glimpse of during his very first day as a Pokemon trainer. Guided by the rainbow wing, a mystical feather bestowed upon him by Ho-Oh, he faces a gruelling journey through forest and mountain to find the legendary bird. Rough terrain aren’t the only troublesome things awaiting Ash though as he comes across an array of new cold-hearted rivals. Despite being set in a newly designed and aesthetically beautiful Kanto, Pokemon of all generations are featured, including cameos from the new generations in Sun and Moon.

The movies new spin on familiar events from the original series is surprisingly refreshing. Charmander gets an all new (and even more upsetting) origin story of how he joins Ash’s team, accompanying a strong and emotional story arc. You can also expect a number of twists on the recruitment of some of Ash’s other influential team-mates, and their progressions and growth, namely how and when they evolved throughout his journeys. Plus, the return of arguably one of the most favourite characters throughout the entire Pokemon franchise, Ash’s Charizard (insert multiple heart-eyed emojis here).

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Personally, I felt that this instalment had the strongest and most dynamic storyline and development out of all the movies, which is exciting and alluring enough to keep any Poke fan’s eyes on the screen. Ash is accompanied by two completely new characters (there’s no Brock or Misty) who are actually likeable and interesting, aiding the stories progression rather well. They do however feel even more of back-seat characters than usual as their stories or origins are blatantly ignored despite subtle references, and they aren’t really developed upon, as they follow Ash around and contribute only where needed. Team Rocket also make a number of appearances in probably their most pointless and frustrating roles since ever.

All in all, if you’re a fan, I would absolutely recommend channeling your inner-child and going to see this. I would emphasise that you shouldn’t expect an award winning masterpiece of scripting and story-telling but this addition just had something extra that other movies didn’t. Plus theres a moment towards the end of the movie with Pikachu that will have you picking up your jaw and rubbing your eyes, seriously.

Anyway, I’m heading off to go look for my old GameBoy.

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Two Great Zombie Movies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!

Braaiiinssssssss… There’s just something about a good zombie movie that not matter how many times the same storyline and characters are recreated over and over, has people coming back for more of that flesh chomping entertainment. Whether it’s the unrivalled gore, the suspense, the hordes of crazed cannibals, or the source of ideas on how to survive the actual zombie apocalypse when it happens for real… zombie movies continue to hold on tight to their presence in the movie industry. If you’re a loyal zombie franchise fan, you might realise that some of the best Z-films aren’t always the biggest, most publicised and highest budgeting Hollywood creations. Some of the best in recent years have come from smaller film-making presences, and lower budgets with some unique and fresh spins on the saturated genre.

In this post, we’re going to go over two recently produced movies in the franchise that were exactly as stated before; not as heavily promoted and marketed as other big Hollywood hits. For this reason, you more than likely went about your life without even knowing they existed! We’re here to enlighten you, and expand your admirable zombie movie brain (before it gets eaten). Here we go.

Train to Busan (2016) 

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This South Korean addition (with English subtitles) to the franchise is set on a packed, moving bullet train, heading to the city of Busan. When an outbreak occurs, the passengers find themselves fighting for survival in zombie infested carriages as the train continues to hurtle towards its destination. The story follows a struggling relationship between a divorced, workaholic, single father and his emotionally neglected daughter, of who he rarely sets aside time or attention for. Desperate to spend her birthday with her mother in Busan, she demands that her father take her there, only to be caught up in a cannibalistic nightmare. The forward moving storyline will keep you captivated as you truly begin to fear for the characters, and root for them to make it through.

You can watch the full trailer here:

Train To Busan (2016) Trailer

Train To Busan received a jaw-dropping 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for its unique and entertaining take on the zombie franchise. With edge of the seat suspense, heart racing excitement and characters with actual personalities, this movie really isn’t one to miss.

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

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Another horror flick with an outstanding review is British-made ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’. Set in a post-apocalyptic Southern England, the story follows a band of militarised survivors in a world infested by fast, hunger-driven cannibals. The main character, Melanie, is an intelligent and polite child that is seemingly normal, also possesses an uncontrollable hunger for human flesh but still has the ability to communicate and think. Melanie is one of a number of hybrids in a school where they are observed and studied in order to gain a better understanding of the fungal outbreak that causes people to transform into mindless zombies.

Watch the trailer here:

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A Girl With all The Gifts plays around with some refreshingly new ideas in a well familiar and tested area, and brings a very unique taste to the table. It provides enough nervous moments, with a few moral dilemmas and questions thrown in, to impress throughout, with a very strong leading performance.

 

We loved these movies, so comment below and let us know what you thought of them!