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Pokémon the Movie: Black-Victini and Reshiram Reviews

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January 23, 2016
Reshiram is awesome!
½ December 5, 2015
Surprisingly well-rounded and polished, this movie (or pair of movies) stands out as a relative gem among the Pokémon movies.

It does justice to the main themes of the Black/White era of Pokémon (Generation 5) - exploring the moral grey areas that had yet to be explicitly addressed by the franchise. Much like the games led the player to confront the seeming enslavement of Pokémon, the movie confronts the tensions between high-thinking idealism and day-to-day practicality.

It's unfortunate this is so "late", now at number 14 of the long line of sequels; early fans would have been served well if this were Generation 2 rather than Generation 5.

As always, the movies tend to require some familiarity with at least the anime, and preferably the games as well.

The ending does tend to return to the more mundane simplistic roots, but it is forgivable after this movie finally delivers a few more shades of gray to the more mature fans.
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