If you had asked me a few years ago if a live-action Pokemon movie would work, I would have told you “Fuck no”. Unequvitably, there is no way that a Pokemon movie could translate to live action.
“Now Wiz”, you might say. “What if they made a live action movie about a spin-off Pokemon game that nobody you know has even played?”. I would have told you in no uncertain terms that Detective Pikachu probably shouldn’t have been a game, much less a movie.
But, here we are.
Detective fucking Pikachu. This painfully bad idea starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith is just something I can’t help but root for.
This movie shouldn’t work, and for all I know, maybe it won’t work. The trailer, however, makes me want to preorder tickets.
Even if the live action versions of Pokemon give my girlfriend nightmares. That’s how I always imagined the Pokemon were supposed to look.
Detective Pikachu is conceptionally a trainwreck but like a trainwreck that is carrying nothing but car after car of beautiful fireworks. Sure, the conductor and that truck driver that had his semi stall on the tracks are probably dead, but what a show.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu will be coming out of it’s Pokeball and into theaters May 10th, 2019.