The kids were so excited about the screening of Detective Pikachu. I must admit, I was doing it for them, I didn’t think it was a movie I would like even a little bit. Y’all I was beyond shocked, I really enjoyed the movie. The storyline was meaningful and I could totally relate. The last thing I expected was to relate to a movie about a Pokemon but I did, and you might relate to it too.
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City–a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world–they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
I remember when Pokemon’s came out, they had an instant cult following. There were trading cards, clothes, costumes, and games. The Pokemon Go game was out of control and it had folks meeting up to “battle” and running around looking strange to catch things only they could see on their phones. The Manchild would ask me to drive slow so he could catch them, umm sir that is not safe. While this craze was taking place I was only familiar with the very cute and yellow Pikachu, he is the Beyonce of the Pokemon Universe.
Who is the target audience?
This is a movie for everyone, it is appropriately rated PG. LittleCuteLips is seven and she loved it. I also felt like it was age appropriate for her. While she enjoyed it, your toddlers may not. It is NOT an animated movie, so if you’re thinking cartoon then you are wrong. There were a ton of adults in the theater that came on their own free will. No kid strings attached, they were simply Pokemon/Pikachu fans.
What can we expect from the movie?
Laughter: I laughed out loud a lot, and the people in the theater with me laughed even louder. Yes, the adults were laughing harder than the kids. Folks were collectively geeking out and reliving their kids years and it was refreshing.
Action: This movie was action-packed start to finish. The CGI was freaking incredible, visually the keep you captivated. This story is an unlikely pair but it works, and it works extremely well oddly enough.
A Good Word: The plot twist was one I didn’t see coming, and I loved it. My husband totally called it though, as of late he has been predicting the ending of shows before they finish. *insert eye roll*
Keeping Up: Although I don’t know anything about Pokemon’s I had no issues keeping up. You don’t need to understand that world to get the movie. However, if you do understand the Pokemon world you might enjoy it a tad bit more.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu and I had a great time chatting about his new movie. We both highly recommend you go see it. Go alone or take the Boo, the kids, the nieces/nephews, God son/daughter, Mom/Dad, Grandma/Grandpa. Take them all and they will enjoy it.
Fun Fact: Pikachu’s habits were inspired by a squirrel although his look is a bit mousey. He is an Electric Rodent, but if you call him anything else he might shock you. You’ve been warned. Detective Pikachu is out in theaters on Friday, May 10th. Here is the trailer just in case.