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Detective Pikachu Review

Hello everyone! We’re back with a review that I have been so excited to make cause I have been so excited for this movie! At first I thought it was going to be a bit of an acid trip, but it wasn’t. But it was fantastic and I’m here to tell you all about Detective Pikachu!

I have a lot of feelings and childhood nostalgia to talk about so if you wanna hear what I have to say about Detective Pikachu read on!

Before proceeding, read my spoiler warning here and proceed with caution.

Firstly, I don’t know if this was at all AMC’s or if I got lucky and it was at mine, but there was a stack of Detective Pikachu Pokemon cards at the ticket counter. You had to physically go to the counter to see them, so if you ordered online and just went right on in you would have missed them. Luckily I used my free pass from when the fire alarm went off at the end of Captain Marvel, so I was able to see them. I grabbed two.

Detective Pikachu Card
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So I thought that was SUPER cool. Anyways, onto the movie itself.

We see in the trailers that Tim wanted to be a Pokemon trainer when he was a kid and growing up, and the movie makes that clear that it was almost the path he went down. However, we finally figure out why he never went down that path and it’s honestly quite sad.

However, the resentment he has towards his father is stereotypical ‘family tragedy happens and the remaining parent numbs the pain by working too much and neglecting the child’. We see this trope all the time and it’s kind of annoying how much we see it. So that was one of the things I didn’t like much about the movie, but in all honestly, that was pretty much it for me.

Before we move on, I feel like I need to talk a little bit about Rhyme City. It’s a place where Pokemon and Humans live together in harmony, with no fighting or training. However, you can have a partner Pokemon and pretty much everyone has one. Except for Tim, of course.

We know that Tim ends up in Rhyme City because he gets news that his dad is dead in an accident. We don’t see the accident in the trailer, but we do in the first 10 minutes of the movie and until the last arch of the movie we believe that Mewtwo is the reason why Tim’s dad Harry is dead.

And oh my god, Mewtwo is a BADASS. He looks so fucking good guys! Besides Eevee he’s one of my favorite Pokemon because of how powerful he is.

Honestly, throughout this whole movie I was thinking “Oh god the Pokemon better not end up being the bad guy or SO HELP ME GOD” because I knew that people would be pissed if they ended up having Pokemon be bad. Thankfully, they weren’t.

It was discovered that Harry’s dad was set up to be killed because he was getting to close to the truth of what was actually going on in the movie – but Mewtwo actually saved his life and put Harry’s dad’s ‘soul’ or whatever into Pikachu – hence why Tim can talk to him. The story of the film was not what I expected – I did expect some of it but I was left feeling satisfied with how it went. It was funny and adventurous at the same time. The evolution of Tim alone in this movie was outstanding.

I left this movie wanting more Pokemon movies. I want to see all of my childhood Pokemon brought to life. I got a peek at an Eevee – just a peek before it evolved into a Flareon. We see a fluffy Snorlax – one creature I didn’t think was going to be fluffy. We can see all of the details on Bulbasaur’s face and all of the little scales on Charizard. I think it’s incredible that they mixed generations of Pokemon in this movie – that means there is so much opportunity for more movies that are live-action.

Introduce us to Ash. Introduce us to Professor Oak. I don’t care – I just need more live action Pokemon movies in my life. Detective Pikachu set the universe up for us, someone just needs to take the plunge and do it.

With that being said, if you saw the movie comment down below your thoughts. I wanna know what everyone else thought!


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2 Comments

  • Reply Short Lane Studios

    I liked it, a few dodgy acting parts in it and some of the script was a tad iffy, but overall it was great, definitely watch it again. And I like how they linked it to the first anime movie. I heard Mewtwo strikes back is getting a CGI remake later this year? that would be cool. We need move Pokemon movies like this.

    May 17, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    • Reply Alyssa / Nerd Side of Life

      Really?! I haven’t seen that yet (i could just be missing out) but we do need more Pokemon movies like this.

      May 17, 2019 at 6:07 pm

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