Detective Pikachu Strikes A Chord

Zack Allen, Writer

  Sporting $54.5 million on the opening weekend, the first Pokemon film, “Detective Pikachu,” is out in theatres. Pokemon as a franchise has been running strong with video games and television shows since 1996 and has been a staple in the lives of millions worldwide.

  Unlike the upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog movie, Detective Pikachu manages to transform the characters from the videogames into beautifully rendered CGI creatures which makes them come to life. The look of the CGI brings the film to a new wonderous location. When it takes you to a city that is bustling with Pokemon and humans, it is a sight that inspires awe in most people who see it.

  Upon viewing the film opening weekend there were dozens of adults, teens, and children sporting their Pokemon gear which ranged from Pikachu onesies to a simple T-shirt showcasing the brand “Pokemon” with the classic duo of Ash Ketchum and of course Pikachu. So that begs the question what does a live action pokemon film mean for the fans?

  Edward Philips (10), a huge fan of Pokemon saw the film and was extremely ecstatic saying, “Pokemon has been apart of my life since early childhood. My favorite part about Detective Pikachu was when Pikachu went up against Charizard in a pokemon battle, the scene was well choreographed and the jokes in it were really funny, 8 out of 10.”  Philips simply loved the movie and seeing the faces of the audience on opening night and hearing their applause at the very end of the film, it seems as though the movie is something  truly special.

  Daylen Almaraz (11), a lifelong fan of Pokemon, said, “The movie surprised me. I thought it would be okay, but it was a funny and a well-made video game movie. I felt like I was a kid again and that makes the movie special.”

  Though the film has received mixed scores earning itself a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes, the nostalgia among the fans is what sets the film apart from others this year. Finally fans of a video game franchise received a decent film adaptation.