Pokemon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Gentler, less complex than others; has a companion movie.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 95 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

The movie is meant to entertain, not educate. But it has messages about helping others, as well as an introduction to the concepts of "truth" and "ideals."

Positive Messages

Not having the full story can get in the way of making the right decisions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The movie has no real villains. Each character's actions are intended to help others, though one character makes an honest mistake based on a lack of knowledge. Though Ash is still interested in collecting and battling Pokemon, in this story, he wants nothing more than to help a new friend.

Violence & Scariness

Less violent than many other Pokemon movies, this one still has battles between the little creatures, and two larger "dragon" types have a brief fight. A cute, heroic Pokemon (Victini) is trapped and hurt for a long section toward the climax. Ash is likewise trapped and hurt while trying to protect his friend. In a flashback, a beloved king dies (he closes his eyes, and his hand drops to his side).

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Part of the Pokemon franchise, which is all about collecting more and more Pokemon (cards, figures, toys, games, etc.).

 
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokemon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram is one of two Pokemon movies sometimes packaged together, which tell almost the exact same story (the other is White - Victini and Zekrom). The difference shows how alternate paths can lead to the same conclusion. This movie is less violent and complex than other Pokemon entries, with less about fighting and collecting, and more focus on helping others. But there are still some Pokemon battles and some brief attacks, and the main character -- an adorable Pokemon called Victini -- is trapped and shown to be in pain for a section of the climax. Beautifully animated and with a gentle touch, this is a top entry in the feature-length Pokemon movies

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Kid, 9 years old September 15, 2012

Good movie, but Mewtwo Strikes Back is better.

It's a great movie and I like the Black movie better than the White movie, and this one was actually one of the most violent ones next to the First Movie.... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 14, 2012

Good! GREAT! Saw it in theathers myself! But, the little ones may get scared at some parts... But it's just a cartoon!

This is GREAT! So far, my 3rd favorite Pokemon film, 2nd being Spell of The Unown and 1st being Mewtwo Strikes Back. The good stuff: Ash is a good role model. H... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ash (Sarah Natochenny) and his friends arrive in Eindoak Town for a big festival and a Pokemon battle. Ash's Pokemon win handily, but with some unseen help from an invisible Pokemon named Victini (Nana Mizuki). With some homemade macaroons, Ash lures Victini out of hiding, and they become fast friends. He learns Victini's sad story, that he once helped watch over a magical castle and kept the Dragon Force flowing freely -- but that he has been trapped and lonely for a millennia. A local, Damon (J. Michael Tatum), wants to harness Victini's power and return the castle to its former resting place. This requires Ash to awaken the long-dormant dragon Reshiram (Marc Thompson), who represents the path of "truth." But what Damon doesn't know is that moving the castle again will lead to certain disaster.

Is it any good?

This Pokemon movie seems more thoughtful and less interested in flashy violence than others in the franchise. The pace is more leisurely than usual, the plotline is less convoluted, and the animation and artwork are more elegant and genuinely lovely, recalling some of Hayao Miyazaki's work. It may be the finest Pokemon of the franchise. The hero this time is an adorable new Pokemon called Victini, who shyly comes out of hiding and quickly wins Ash's heart (as well as ours). 

The main focus is on helping Victini out of his sad situation and trying to bring a dying land back to life. There isn't even a real villain here; the antagonist is acting in what he believes is everyone's best interests, though he lacks all the information he needs. (The naughty Team Rocket shows up for a few obligatory comic relief scenes.) As for the two alternate movies, it's not clear what the point really is, since they lead to the same conclusion, but they may get viewers talking about the meanings of "ideals" and "truth."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Pokemon the Movie: Black's violence. Why did the filmmakers feel it was necessary? Does it make the movie more thrilling or less appealing? How did you feel when Victini was hurt?

  • What's the movie's message? When asked about "ideals" and "truth," what does Ash answer? What's the difference between the two movies?

  • Did watching this movie make you want to buy more Pokemon toys, games, or cards? Why?

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  • Why are there two movies? How do they affect one another? Did one movie make the other seem richer or deeper?

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