Today the trailer for the upcoming movie POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu was released. The movie is based on the game of the same title and is the first film based on the pocket monster franchise to get a theatrical run since 2001’s animated Pokemon 3: The Movie. Starring Justice Smith and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, it is also the first live-action/CGI-hybrid film of the series.
Never thought I would see a live-action Pokemon movie, but here we are. I’m not sure how I feel about the trailer yet. Ryan Reynolds lends his voice as the yellow-electric mouse but I cannot not hear Deadpool. Visually, the opening shot looks like they put a lot of detail into the background. The Charmander that walks by 6 seconds into the trailer looks like it fits in the world that was built, so that is a good sign. Only a second later the Jigglypuff, Gangar, Psyduck looks like a parade float, mascot, and a muppet, respectively. With that being said, Psyduck looks the most natural in the movie. Furry Detective Pikachu is giving me Happytime Murders vibes because of his texture and his juxtaposition to a dark background with a real-life actor in the same scene. Reynolds and Smith’s interactions with each other seem authentic and natural enough to distract from how uncanny and bizarre the franchise’s mascot looks. The Bulbasaur, Charizard and Mr. Mime are shown by themselves looking normal, but at 2:16 when the Charizard is paired with the Pikachu, it looks goofy. Overall, this trailer is like an alternating current because even with its positives and negatives (
electricity joke!) it does a good enough job at selling me the intrigue of this film. The editors that put the trailer together deserve a pat on the back because audiences may be in for a surprise when they get peek-at-you next summer. Pokemon jokes gotta love them all.
POKÉMON Detective Pikachu is currently scheduled to be released May 10, 2019.