Satoshi, Haruka, Takeshi, and Masato come upon the festival of the Wishing Star of Seven Nights. During their enjoyment, the legendary pokemon, Jirachi, decends from the heavens and befriends Masato. Jirachi, with the power to grant any wish, is sought after by many people wanting to claim its power. One man seeks to use its legendary power to revive an ancient pokemon known as Groudon, unaware of the dangers hidden within Jirachi's powers
Jirachi The Wish Maker is a prime example of wasted potential. The film sets up characters and themes with so much potential, yet blunders them on a nonsensical plot. In the end we're left with a film in which anything goes and the audience is left out cold, only to warm up to the film if they find overly long final fight engaging.
On the bright side of things, most of the characters and their interactions are likable.The first third of the film nicely establishes the new Pokemon cast. Generally, shenanigans in the camp are engaging. Establishment of Jirachi, although a bit too goofy, works. Even
if he's not well characterized, Absol, a fan favorite pokemon, is nice to look at and keeps up with the plot without feeling out of place.
This is where the film drops the ball, though. After the plot gets rolling, we're treated to a flat good guy turning into a flat bad guy. The ensuing race to the final destination drops the underwhelming, but somewhat fun carnival setting and doesn't really replace it with anything noteworthy.
Here we're finally given an explanation of the villain's motives, but it doesn't tell us any more than we already know. Futhermore, the character interactions continue like no twist happened, as if they were still at the carnival. Thus, instead of shaking things up to keep them interesting, film quickly turns boring.
Eventually, as the time for final showdown comes, we're treated to yet another one of those situations - you know, where the villain wields infinite magical technology already set up everywhere in advance. Why? How? For the plot, of course! This is where film starts falling appart, but the hopes for saving it still exist. You think to yourself - well, the stakes are high, maybe this finally becomes good! Nope, he's resurrecting a Dark jellyfish Groudon™ out of nowhere.
One of my gripes with the film which aren't imediately apparent is how unimportant details get overexplained. Right at the very start of the film we're treated to a voiceover explaining Team Magma, their dreams, goals and favoite football team. This never gets relevant. The only reason I can think of for this being in the film is so the viewers aren't confused by a certain later monologue. In the monologue we're treated to a flashback showing Butler's ex-ties to Team Magma. This would be fine if it was used to give his character depth or set up evil Groudon clone. But it doesn't give us any insight into the character nor the plot. Since there's no payoff, the reason for this scene becomes clear - padding the film.
With characters completely not mattering and plot in the gutter, we're treated to a nonsensical plot wrap up, complete with a McGuffin and a cheesily written goodbye to Jirachi. Still, there were a few nice moments that shine here - a few shots of Ash and Flygon look really good. May forgetting to fold her last necklace piece gives us a very sweet character moment that was built up subtly throughout the whole film.
Ultimatelly, while there are around twenty enjoyable minutes in the film, most of it is wasted on a nonsensical plot and underwhelming character interactions. I'd recommend this film if you like to laugh at dull plot devices with your friends. I've done so and we had some fun nitpicking the problems. Otherwise, don't bother unless you're a Jirachi or Max fan and even then keep in mind that this is Max's least likable film of the bunch. How unfortunate, considering it's the only one focused on him.
Personally,in most movies from pokemon, Ash and the highlight legendary icon are the stars. But on this movie, Masato (Max in America) [known as May's Sister] leads the movie with Jirachi (in my personal opinion, a charming little legendary). The beauty is that it implements about the beauty of friendship on the early days, the middle days, and the day of separation. It's like something to compare with in school life. Meet them, enjoy the months, and bidding goodbye after graduation. Minus the Graduation hats and diplomas.
No matter how long or short the days, moths, or years last, the relationship between the intellectual Max/Masato and
the kindhearted Jirachi the wishmaker (the gender is up to you to decide. But its a girl for me), it nicely implements as to how a powerful friendship lasts a lifetime. In the movie's case, it also shows a mildly dark reason in the near end of the movie on the value of letting the most treasured things go.
If you want to take your brain's imagination to the next level, you could compare Max and Jirachi's friendship to that of Ash and Latias' relationship. (this one is optional)
Not the best Pokémon movie, but a decent watch that had nothing really wrong with it.
The animation was the usual, as were the voices and sounds. The only thing that really bugged me was that Jirachi, a Pokémon constantly referred to as "he", had a girl's voice. Just a minor detail that threw me off a little.
As for the plot of the movie, it was decent, although left a bit to desire. It didn't jump around randomly and wasn't confusing either, but it just seemed a little... simple. Between making a wish on a comet that appears for seven nights every thousand years and trying
to take Jirachi back to where he belongs - and stopping a magician/scientist from grabbing Jirachi to awaken a legendary Pokémon of his own - there was nothing special in this movie.
So, an okay movie, and perhaps my rating is a bit low, but it didn’t have that something in it that would have made it better.