During their travels through the Unova region, Ash and his friends Iris and Cilan arrive in Eindoak Town, built around a castle called the Sword of the Vale. The three Trainers have come to compete in the town's annual battle competition, and Ash manages to win with some unexpected help from the Mythical Pokémon Victini. It turns out Victini has a special bond with this place. Long ago, the castle watched over the Kingdom of the Vale, and the partnership between Victini and the king protected its people who lived there. But that kingdom has since vanished into memory, leaving behind powerful relics and ancient Pokémon. Damon, a descendant of the People of the Vale, is trying to restore the lost kingdom with the help of his Reuniclus. His quest has taken him to the far reaches of the barren desert, and he has convinced the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram to join him in the search for truth. Damon plans to trap Victini and harness its power, and as that plan gets under way, the entire town ...Written by
In Japan, this was the first Pokemon film to be released without a preview for the next film shown at the end. In this case, the preview at the end was for the companion film, "Pokemon the Movie Black: Victini and Reshiram", which was already in theaters. See more »
During the end credits, several scenes are played, which show Victini saying good-bye to Ash and his friends, Reshiram and Zekrom flying in the night, Damon having a dream of his land being replenished, and Ash, Iris, Cilan, and Pikachu coming out of the path they first took, walking into the distance. See more »
Two versions of the same film were released simultaneously in Japanese theaters. The only major plot difference is that the hero, Ash, and the villain, Damon, side with different dragon Pokemon (Damon with Reshiram and Ash with Zekrom in White - Victini and Zekrom, vice versa in Black - Victini and Reshiram). See more »
Many people may disagree, but this is my favorite post-Hoenn Pokémon movie. It felt fresher and was done better than most of the other newer movies.
The story isn't out of this world, but it's pretty interesting. Damon wishes to bring the kingdom back to power by using the legend of the People of the Vale. Nothing particularly new, but it was done the right way, in my opinion. Damon was pretty good as the "misled protagonist."
Ash's relationship with Victini was actually pretty well done, probably the best since his bond with Lucario from "Lucario and the Mystery of Mew." They become so close that they nearly die for each other.
The animation is especially good in this one, very rich and colorful. The action set pieces were larger-than-life and quite epic.
I'm really not a fan of Iris or Cilan, I feel that they are very weak characters. Also, as usual, there are some pretty stupid moments.
In my opinion, this is the most satisfying Pokémon movie since "Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea." I think even fans who have stopped watching the series should give this one a try.
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