[Initial Impression] “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” (Movie and 3DS Game)

So I feel the need to talk about what I, after seeing it once, consider to be the first good movie primarily based off of one video game. “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” is mostly based off of the idea it shares with the Nintendo 3DS game “Detective Pikachu”. Staying spoiler-free, I enjoyed the 3DS game, but I liked the movie a lot more!

The 3DS game was certainly a good introduction to what a cinematic Pokémon universe could feel like as an adventure game. I won’t tell you in a spoiler-free article why I didn’t enjoy the game quite as much. But I can say that I am glad I played the game first, with the movie coming much later.

Going back to the movie (being vague to hopefully avoid spoilers), the only specific flaw I noticed that was more obvious was that not all Pokémon that played special roles were explained to the extent that they could have been. It was enough for Pokémon fans, even for those that need to catch up with the newer creatures, but there were some that needed introducing for the crowd that were unaware before going into the movie. This is something that most types of movies don’t need to worry about. More often than not, Legendary Pictures did a good job with introductions though. As someone who’s been a Pokémon fan for years, I really enjoyed it despite taking away the bias to judge it fairly.

In other words, I would think that you only need Pokémon knowledge, not previous enjoyment, in order to enjoy this movie.

If you know the first Pokémon generation well enough, I’m sure that’s all you need to enjoy your viewing of “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu”. It may be intended for a somewhat specific crowd, but that’s the case for most of the bigger movies and maybe even genres. Not everyone enjoys horror, sci-fi, or super hero movies for instance. I enjoyed this so much that now I really want to see a Pokémon cinematic universe, and I hope that others, fans of the franchise especially, enjoy their time with “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu”!


If you enjoyed “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” as well, I’ll have a spoiler-chat in a separate article later on.

Until next time, bye!

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