It’s the highest-grossing media franchise of all time with $90 billion made from video games, trading cards, Tv shows, movies and toys. So it’s no surprise that after 21 animated movies, Pokémon now has its first live-action film in Detective Pikachu. Based on a Nintendo 3DS game of the same name, the first trailer was mind-boggling with its CGI furry Pokémon and Deadpool’s voice coming out of a Pikachu in Sherlock Holmes deerstalker. It was bizarre and nostalgic but strangely not terrible. In fact, Detective Pikachu was looking extremely promising.
Detective Pikachu follows Justice Smith’s Tim Goodman, a former Pokémon trainer who is looking for his missing father Harry, following an accident.
Heading to Ryme City, where Pokémon and humans live as equals, he comes across Harry’s Pikachu, who only he can hear talking.
Working together, the pair set off on a film noir mystery, much akin to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
In many ways, Detective Pikachu is a triumph. Based on a video game, this certainly doesn’t come under the so-called Hollywood curse of such adaptations like Super Mario Bros or potentially the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog.