The first trailer for Detective Pikachu has dropped, showing off Legendary Studios’ depiction of what all Pokémon fans have dreamed of: Pokémon in the real world. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it down below.
Based on the Pokémon spin-off title of the same name, the movie seems to follow a young man in search of his father with the help of a sleuthing Pikachu that only he can understand. While many were concerned that Pokémon’s first live-action treatment wouldn’t do the franchise justice, the trailer gives hope for a quality video game movie (for once). Of course, not every movie trailer is perfect. That’s why I would like to discuss the highs and lows seen throughout our first look of whats to come. Now then, let’s go over the good and the bad of the first Detective Pikachu trailer.
When I first saw the trailer, I didn’t know what to make of it. I was too busy getting over the fact that this movie came to fruition. Now that I’ve had time to think it over, however, I feel that what we have seen creates an accurate depiction of a Pokémon-integrated reality. From the restaurant signs to the Pokémon themselves walking about the streets, everything gives off an authentic Pokémon experience. Even the smallest details have been thought out, such as the posters in the protagonist’s room referencing different Pokémon regions. I honestly believe that if Pokémon ever did exist, this is what the world would look like.
Then there’s the work of Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu. Many fans, including myself, initially questioned the casting of the Deadpool star as a fluffy mouse creature. But it works surprisingly well. I think the best part of what we’ve seen from Reynolds in the role comes from his ability to not overdo it. Most of us are use to the actor having a crude, snarky sense of humor due to his association with the Merc with a Mouth. We expected something similar from this. Surprisingly though, Ryan Reynolds plays the electric mouse with a sense of charm and humor that fits the tone of the rest of the trailer. The jokes don’t come off as too on the nose, and the level of story seems pretty deep considering the franchise in question.
While the trailer certainly had its highlights, some parts (at least for me personally) were questionable. One example comes from the Pokémon themselves. While I have had a few hours to get accustomed to the realistic look of the creatures, I have to say that I did have a bit of trouble with them at first. Don’t get me wrong, some of them look amazing, but others just put me into a state of cringe. I never expected to see such realism to Pokémon like Jigglypuff and Mr. Mime, but something about their textures and faces simply puts me off. While I agree that the models could look a lot worse, that doesn’t change the fact that little children could surely get nightmares from looking at that Psyduck face.
That leads me to my next criticism: what audience is this movie trying to appeal to exactly? While the Pokémon franchise has fans of all ages, the hard truth shows that children make up a large portion of its demographic. With that said, Detective Pikachu seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. From what we’ve seen in the trailer, the movie has a bit of a darker tone than most fans were expecting. Does this mean that the movie is targeting older audiences? That comes off as an odd move, considering children would more likely want to see a Pokémon than their parents. Hopefully we will learn more as time goes on. But for now, a lack of a guaranteed audience doesn’t fare well for Detective Pikachu.
What do you think of the first Detective Pikachu trailer?
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