Detective Pikachu was released on Friday and scored just 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. It wasn’t until yesterday that I had a chance to watch it in theaters.
To be honest, all I know about Pikachu is that it’s an adorable yellow fluffy little thing. Sometimes, I even got confused between Pokémon and Pikachu, let alone knowing about the Pokémon world (Yes, I’m not proud of that #guilty). Only starting a few months ago did I learn more about the different types of Pokémon, Pokéballs, the evolutions, attack modes, and abilities through the Pokémon Go app.
I would say that viewers need to be familiar with the Pokémon universe, or even just dabble in Pokémon Go to understand and fully enjoy the movie.
Stand alone, it’s not a blockbuster. The plot is pretty basic rather than compelling, and the characters aren’t really well-written in my opinion. But the movie still entertained me. It was cool to see a fictional city in which humans and Pokémon co-exist, and how everything came to life. (Not to mention all the Pokémon were adorable)
It’s definitely a guilty pleasure for anyone who grew up playing Pokémon games or trading cards.
Fans of video games are really hoping for a good video game movie since traditionally, all video game movies have been pretty bad. With the new Sonic movie also not looking promising, video game fans need a win, and Detective Pikachu might have to do.