This troper can't be the only one to think that if May had remembered to complete that little star thingy that she could have wished Jirachi could stay, is he?
You ever seen the movie Aladdin? Wish restrictions must exist in this world as well.
What bugs me is that people assume Jirachi could actually grant wishes. The only power it showed was teleporting (theft) and creating a monster (this was from a machine though). I honeslty don't believe Jirachi has any real, reality warping wish-granting abilities
This is possibly the case, because even Jirachi was confused at the fact is could "presumably" grant wishes. And of course, Jirachi probably can, it just can't make something out of thin air, so it resorts to existing objects to grant the wish.
Except other Pokémon media, such as Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky and the Emerald Arc of Pokémon Special have shown Jirachi's wish-granting power, it just was completelly unused in the movie for no specific reason.
And this troper can't be the only one to think that the cheap plastic wishing thing sold at a tourist stall was not a real artifact of power.
You'd think that a pokemon trainer facing a giant evil monster will bring out everything he has to stop it, but no. Ash just sits there with Pikachu alone while shit happens. Same goes for Brock and May, they could have at least tried.
And done what? All the other Pokemon in the valley were either running away and getting captured or firing off largely ineffectual attacks and getting captured. Besides, it's not like they had a lot of Pokemon to use anyway.
That's one of the things that bug me with the movies period, Ash and friends rarely use their other pokemon to help out and really never in any major points it would be helpful to use them. They just kinda stick with their pokemon that stay out of their pokeballs all the time. You'd think for The Movie they'd let the entire team do something epic.
Epic like, attacking a giant creature and having their asses handed to them in a silver plate? they are better off by letting less Pokémon of theirs being hurt.