The good news is, despite a slightly bizarre premise that sees Pikachu turning private eye to help a young man find his lost father, the movie appears to work, with almost as many glowing reactions than there are Pokemon balls.
Well, as long as the fact that Warner Brothers flew journalists to Tokyo for the first screening hasn’t coloured the reviews.
Not that we’re saying anyone’s lying about how much they loved it, just that Fantastic Beasts 2 got positive reviews from the Paris screening, so who knows how these trips affect the mood of those who get to go on them (we’re not bitter we didn’t go, we promise).
Anyway, for what they’re worth, here’s those early responses.
Just saw the #DetectivePikachu movie and it was delightful! It brings your favourite Pokémon to life in a super vivid and very real way. And Pikachu? He was absolutely adorable.Relentlessly cute. Pokémon fans, prepare yourselves! #wbpartner pic.twitter.com/4tl4Sbqmf4
— Simon and Martina (@eatyourkimchi) April 24, 2019
Had a fun time with Detective Pikachu. Silly, heartfelt and chock full of Pokémon, which makes for some great world building in what is sure to spin off into one hell of a franchise. Perfectly suited for fans and non-fans alike. #DetectivePikachu @DetPikachuMovie @joblocom
— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) April 24, 2019
Its been HOURS and I can’t stop thinking about how good #DetectivePikachu was, like HECK
I really hope the WORLD loves this movie as much as I do ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/kbOSqZJVLJ
— 🌸 Chaka’s in Tokyo! 🌸 (@princessology) April 24, 2019
#DetectivePikachu is a pure joy from start to finish. It’s a heartfelt, relentlessly charming story filled with excellent worldbuilding. Plenty of deep cuts for #Pokémon fans. There must’ve been a grass-type in the theater because I got surprisingly misty-eyed in parts. pic.twitter.com/LMKp6TG1a1
— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) April 24, 2019
— LoTron Prime Dave Trumbore (@DrClawMD) April 24, 2019
I just saw @DetPikachuMovie for the SECOND time and WOW guys. Get hype for this film’s release on May 10 because it is SUCH wild ride. SO fun and so good!! Mind blowing at moments even!! 🤯
— Anna Brisbin ❄️ (@BrizzyVoices) April 24, 2019
Detective Pikachu is the first live-action Pokemon movie, and it certainly sounds like Warner Brothers has franchise plans for the property, so there’s a lot riding on the film’s success. Let’s hope it’s as popular in Tooting as it was in Tokyo. We’ll find out when the film hits UK cinemas on 10 May.
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We’re looking forward to what will surely be a fun marketing campaign in the immediate run up to the film’s release. Ryan Reynolds is generally good at this sort of thing, as he proved with his Deadpool / Deadpool 2 viral marketing – we’d keep an eye on his twitter account over the next few weeks if we were you.
Here’s the official synopsis:
A young man joins forces with Detective Pikachu to unravel the mystery behind his father’s disappearance. Chasing clues through the streets of Ryme City, the dynamic duo soon discover a devious plot that poses a threat to the Pokémon universe.