This is the first Pretty Cure movie I’d actually consider good. It’s easily in the top 5, not counting All Stars, movies.
The movie opens up with these two little fairy creatures being ordered around by this effeminate guy called Shadow. He ordered the two of them to find Pretty Cure and the fairies produce a little mirror that has Nozomi’s image in it. He takes the mirror and uses it to create a clone of Nozomi, Dark Dream.
On Earth everyone decides to go to Princess Land. Some sort of amusement park festival thing where everyone gets to dress up as a Princess or Prince.
Even Coco and Nuts get to be dashing Princes’. I mean they’re already actual royalty but now for once they get to look the part.
Everyone has a lot of fun at the park, and Urara catches a Pinkie, and they end up going through a hall of mirrors. Inside here the two fairies from before grab Coco and Nuts and pull them into the mirrors and then take their place. They all mess around for a while longer but then the two impostors ask for the Dream Collet, but Nozomi knows something is up when “Coco and Nuts” are dismissive and rude.
The two make a Kowainaa and a fight breaks out. The fight and animation are well above average for Yes5. Which is pretty normal as far as Pretty Cure movies go but the action in Yes5’s movie is better than anything you’ll see in the actual season. It’s the only movie where the quality of the action exceeds anything you’ll find in the series. This doesn’t include GoGo though. Speaking of a Kowainaa appearing it must mean Shadow has some sort of relationship to Nightmare but because of his own goals with the Dream Collet he can’t be directly affiliated with them.
During the fight Dark Dream secretly watches them and uses a mirror to capture the forms of the other Cures unbeknownst to them. This allows Shadow to make clones of everyone else as well.
The girls beat the Kowainaa and the fairies return to their true forms. They say they didn’t want to fight Pretty Cure and tell them that Coco and Nuts are in the Mirror Kingdom. They say they need to use the Miracle Lights at 2 a.m. in front of a mirror to open up the portal so they wait till that night and go. Ah yes, Miracle Lights. First introduced here and forever kept as a staple of Pretty Cure movies. The fairies tell the girls how this evil dick Shadow took the important crystals of the Mirror Kingdom and put it in danger. So the fairies had to get the Dream Collet for him.
Shadow then comes and for some reason we get a second transformation scene. A full and really long one I might add. Like really, you couldn’t have just let them stay transformed after the first fight? Couldn’t they have spent this time in the movie better? No movie needs two transformation scenes.
Shadow then summons the Dark Cures and all of them get sent into one on one fights. The fights are great and last a really long time for Pretty Cure movie fights. The clones also give voice to some of the insecurities and problems the girls faced back in the mid-season climax. So the fighting ends up being very personal and emotional as well as being awesome. And none of the Dark Cures are really totally evil or anything, just lots of sadness and loneliness and girls who don’t know anything about friendship or good things.
Meanwhile Shadow takes the Dream Collet from Milk. He then uses his power over mirrors to find all the Pinkies needed to fill it. Also there’s some really good music in this movie.
As the fights against the Dark Cures rage on Dream resolves to never give up and get stronger and stronger. All of the others do the same and refuse to give up, saying how important their friends are and how much power and joy having friends brings them. They aren’t just fighting by and for themselves like the Dark Cures.
Dream gets to Dark Dream by talking about all the people she cares for, while Dark Dream has no one like that. The other girls defeat and kill their copies but Dream reconciles with Dark Dream by telling her she can learn things like happiness, love, and friendship. The two of them stop fighting and join the others to go fight Shadow.
Shadow makes his wish after gathering all the Pinkies but for some reason nothing happens. Oh yeah there’s still that Pinkie that Urara has. They never put it into the Dream Collet so Shadow didn’t have enough. Shadow then attacks them in a rage and even without his wish working he’s still really strong. Dark Dream sacrifices herself to save Dream and after a tearful few words between the two she fades away, happy with what she’s done. Dream then starts wailing on Shadow and momentarily beats him. The two fairies then use the Miracle Lights to free Coco and Nuts but Shadow then pulls out all of his power and becomes gigantic.
But the fairies use the Miracle Lights once again and give Pretty Cure their own powerup. They grow big shiny butterfly wings and their uniforms get frillier. More frills = more power. Always remember this for magical girls.
They use Pretty Cure 5 Explosion and finish Shadow off. 5 Explosion is kind of interesting in that unlike other big attacks it’s never defeated or overcome by any villain. When it’s used, in this move or in the season, it’s basically an assured victory.
With Shadow dead the girls return the crystals of the Mirror Kingdom to where they need to be and everything is returned to normal. Nozomi mourns the death of Dark Dream and the movie closes.
It’s sad that Dark Dream only exists in this one movie and is never mentioned again but that’s just the way things go I suppose. If she was mentioned or remembered by Nozomi in the actual season I think it would’ve been a very good thing cause it would’ve given more perspective on how Nozomi reacts to Despariah in the finale. Still it’s a good self-contained Pretty Cure movie as well. Shadow is not a particularly good villain but the real draw of the movie has always been the parts with the Dark Cures and those parts are indeed the best.