I had a whole bunch of worries going into Detective Pikachu. It seems kind of silly in hindsight, seeing as how this is a kid’s movie at the end of the day. Strangely, the things that did linger on my mind turned out to be some of the best parts of the movie.
If there’s one thing a Pokemon game loves, it’s routine. Since the days of the first game, there has been a pretty strict blueprint which following entries in the main series have scarcely strayed from. One of these rules is that of the rival trainer; an individual of comparable skin that accompanies/dogs the player at every turn, acting at the measuring bar to gauge just how strong the player actually is.
I’ve had this one on the back burner for a while, but with the cataclysmic reaction to the trailer dropping for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, it felt an apt time to move this up the schedule and have this conversation now.
Both Sonic the Hedgehog and Detective Pikachu are two movies with a number of notable similarities: They’re both video game adaptations that take their mascot characters and place them into the real world using CGI, they’re also both movies that had very vocal reactions when people first saw how they looked.