If you asked me yesterday how I felt about the Detective Pikachu movie, I would have probably just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Meh.” But if you ask me right now…HOLY F*CK, I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS MOVIE! I WILL BUY OUT AN ENTIRE THEATER JUST TO WATCH THIS.
So yeah, things have changed. This trailer from Warner Bros. Pictures has completely changed my mind. It knows it’s subject matter and the audience that grew up with Pokemon, as well as fans of the Detective Pikachu game, and is running with it. They are making a movie about Pikachu solving crimes. They know to have fun with this and mix in adult humor.
It might also help that the co-writer is Nicole Perlman, who is behind Guardians of the Galaxy and wrote Captain Marvel, which we all know will be amazing. This lady is a genius.
The movie takes place in Ryme city, where young Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) moves to for a corporate job even though he dreamed of becoming a Pokemon trainer. He soon learns that his father, who was a private eye, has gone missing. It turns out Daddy Goodman was partnered with none other than Detective Pikachu, who has an awkward meeting with Tim. Pikachu calmly tells Tim he will electrocute him if he doesn’t put the stapler down and to his surprise, Tim understands him! He doesn’t hear the Pika, Pikas! What makes this even better is that Detective Pikachu is voiced by none other than Ryan Reynolds, so it weirdly gives the film Deadpool vibes. Pikachu enlists Tim’s help to find Tim’s father and the Pokemon that they were searching for. They team up with the junior reporter, Lucy (Kathryn Newton), and her trusty Psyduck to uncover the sinister plot of the missing Pokémon.
The VFX team behind this movie did a great job of blending animated with realism to create the Pokémon. I mean seriously, I just want to cuddle Pikachu. And Charizard packs quite a punch with his flame. AND THE MOODY JIGGLYPUFF!! That might be my Pokémon equal.
To all my friends and family, be prepared for me to go see this movie a million times and buy all the merchandise despite being in my 30’s. I don’t give a f*ck. Bring on the Pokémon.
Detective Pikachu hits theaters (and my heart) on May 11, 2019.
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