Movie Review - Pokémon Detective Pikachu

MegaSoulhero One of the most anticipated movies of the year was the live action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu. I’m sure a lot of people were excited for this movie. I was not one of them. In case you don’t know, I am not a Pokémon fan at all. I pretty much hate almost everything about it. It’s just not something I ever got into. Also, there’s no such thing as a good video game movie. So there’s that. I was a little curious about this movie, though. Since it was getting positive reviews, I got a little more interested. So let me give you my thoughts.

It’s about a guy named Tim who has a father who supposedly died in a car accident thanks to Mewtwo. He then comes across a Pikachu who only he can understand and they work together to find out if he’s still alive or not. And yes, I watched this movie in a theater full of kids who are the target audience. I’m sure this movie is great for little kids, but for me, I didn’t care for it. That isn’t to say that it’s a bad movie, but I just didn’t connect with it the way other people did. First of all, the human characters aren’t very interesting. They’re all just so one dimensional. It’s really hard to connect with them on an emotional level. Tim is just a bland protagonist played by an actor who can’t act. I found him annoying in Fallen Kingdom and my feelings towards him are not very much different here. There’s also this one girl character who only exists just to be the girl character. She pretty much has no personality. She’s doesn’t really have a reason to exist. I found it easier to connect with the Pokémon than the humans. Pikachu I thought was the best thing about it. While he can get a little obnoxious at times, he can also be really funny. However, they just HAD to make the mistake of having Psyduck in the movie. I CANNOT STAND PSYDUCK!!!! He has always been my least favorite Pokémon and he’s in this movie quite a lot. Every time he was on screen, it was hard to watch.

Some other positives I can give this film is that the action scenes are pretty entertaining to watch. I like that whole Charizard cage fight scene. Even though there wasn’t much fighting in that scene. The climax, however, is pretty fun. Although, there were quite a lot of things in the third act that really didn’t make sense. There also some really funny moments. Sadly, the amount of plot holes and things that don’t make sense kind of weighed the movie down for me. There’s even a VERY obvious twist at the end that I’m sure even kids will see coming. Not only was it predictable, it again, didn’t make any sense. I also thought the CGI looked pretty bad at times. Plus, I honestly have no idea why they decided to make the first live action Pokémon movie be based on Detective Pikachu. The Pokémon franchise is very big and there are tons of possibilities for an epic live action Pokémon movie. Unfortunately, they chose something that doesn’t really rely on Pokémon battles. Which I feel is disappointing. Even though I don’t like Pokémon, I would’ve thought doing something like would be cool.

I wanted to like this movie, but it ended up just being average. However, despite this, I still think it broke the video game movie curse. While I personally didn’t love it, a lot of other people have shown to agree with others that it was pretty good. And I think that’s enough. Anyway, time to movie on from taking about crap to talking about my favorite movie of the year in my next review. See ya then.

Score: 5/10


The acting is horrible in this movie. Made me cringe. - Drawbox

It was alright. The human characters sucked though. - iliekpiez

Are you doing the Aladdin remake? - TristGamer

Already on my YouTube channel. - MegaSoulhero

When will your review for Godzilla come out? - nicolasb5194

Eventually - MegaSoulhero