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Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Confusing story with too many characters; for fans only.

Movie NR 2016 94 minutes
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This movie has a very wordy title, and may be confusing to kids. Also confusing is the number of characters: Unless you happen to be an obsessive fan of Pokémon, you need a chart listing all the characters, where they're from, and what their powers are in order to make heads or tails of this cast of thousands. It's easier to keep track of all the characters in the David Foster Wallace 1,000-plus page novel Infinite Jest than it is to keep track of all the characters swirling around Volcanion and Ash. The storyline isn't much help. Trying to separate all these characters by only their appearance and the varying degrees of annoying voice-overs and bad acting makes the challenge that much more daunting.

There's a quest, but that's derailed for another quest, and then there are flashbacks with steampunk overtones, and a message shoehorned in about humanity's damage to the environment and how it's wrong. And Pikachu sometimes says, "Pika! Pikachu!" when fielding questions from the other characters; there are times when this makes more sense than everything else. Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel quickly becomes a headache-inducing mess. For rabid fans only.

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