Detective Pikachu [Movie Review]

Movie Review: Detective Pikachu | Pokemon | Video Games | Gaming | Nintendo |

This past Friday we went and saw Detective Pikachu in the theaters with a good friend of ours. Growing up with the Pokemon games and anime, and being hyped for the new Switch titles later this year, we were optimistic for this movie despite movies based on video games getting bad reputations. Honestly, as fans of the franchise, we were not disappointed.

I had been looking forward to this movie since it was announced a while ago. The CGI and Pokemon designs were awesome and the movie as a whole was well done.

We did have some issues with the pacing of the movie — some of it just went too fast — but the overall movie was well done. Considering that the movie was able to cater to both fans and non-fans alike was wonderful. When our friend first saw the trailer, she immediately said, “We’re going to see that,” and she enjoyed it as much as we did. True, she wasn’t able to pick out all the Pokemon in the movie, but there were enough details that she followed the plot just fine.

The pacing was a bit too fast. The plot still made sense – especially if you’ve played the Detective Pikachu 3DS game – but I wanted more of the characters. There were a few characters that I felt we didn’t get to know as well as we could or should have.

Still, I enjoyed the characters we did see. The CGI for the Pokemon was fantastic, too, and I absolutely cooed over seeing Bulbasaur and Treecko — two of my favorite starter lines — “live.” Now that we’ve seen this movie, though, we’re totally ready for more movies featuring journeys and longer battles!

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I agree and I would have loved to see more Pokemon battles. I know that’s not the point of Ryme City, but the battles were fabulous. Knowing what they’re capable of, they have no excuse not to come out with more live action Pokemon movies. Bring Ash and his various Pokemon journeys to life! (Especially from the Kalos anime.)

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  1. Glad to see you enjoyed it! I thought it was good. I do agree that they rushed through some spots. I also had some issues with certain characters acting at Nickelodeon levels of over-the-top. Generally though I was entertained and Iā€™d like to see more takes on the Pokemon universe in this form!

    1. Agreed. The movie was an hour and 45-minutes too, so I think they could have stretched it out just a bit longer for some plot points. It was entertaining enough that I wouldn’t have minded a longer movie!

      1. Tangential question: which Pokemon do you think made the best translation in terms of how they look in the movie vs. how they look in the games? I loooooooved Growlithe!

        1. Growlithe was adorable! But honestly, I really loved Charizard’s design. I think – despite not being a dragon – they did a great job with the scale-look/feel to him. Also, Ditto. They did Ditto justice.

          1. Both great picks! Charizard looked very scary! Really nice integration of Ditto too. Overall, the movie did an amazing job of bringing them to the big screen! The creators behind the Sonic movie should take note.
            I got two promo cards when I went to the movie. Did you get that Mewtwo GX?

          2. Agreed.
            No, I got Jigglypuff, which was a card I already had. The cards were the main reason I went to the movies to see it. I needed that exclusive Detective Pikachu with the coffee for my collection, lol.

          3. All yours šŸ™‚ Not sure when I’ll get the chance to send it to you. Maybe it’s a one-off thing or with other stuff, but I’ll get it there someday.

          4. Oh, no! You keep it. I have one. I got one with Jigglypuff when I saw the movie. Each pack came with Pikachu and an extra card. When I said I was greedy, I meant my card is mine, lol. I appreciate the thought though. šŸ™‚

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