Pokémon Detective Pikachu Hinges On Our Need For Nostalgia
World, say hello to Detective Pikachu
The trailer of Pokémon Detective Pikachu was shared across all possible platforms the minute it was released—and can you blame us? The lovable character played such a big part in our generation’s childhood and to see him differently (talking and in CGI!) was a welcome punch of nostalgia we didn’t know we needed.
Sure, the trailer was a strange watch at first, but friends of mine everywhere had only one answer to this endearing yet strange concept: I’m still watching it.
And you know what? I was with them.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu basically tells the story of a 21-year-old insurance agent, Tim Goodman, who loses his father, Harry. After receiving the news, Tim goes to Ryme City, which was designed so that Pokémon and humans could live as equals (read: no Pokémon fighting allowed), in order to collect his father’s things.
Once Tim is at the apartment, he encounters a Pikachu whom he can strangely and uniquely understand. He learns after some time that this Detective Pikachu, deerstalker-wearer, was the Pokémon of his father—who might not have died after all. And when Tim learns that Harry was working for Howard Clifford, the mind (and pocket) behind Ryme City, the film really starts to live up to its title.
Shock. Gasp. What??
Sorry for the sarcasm, but that is the story. It’s not the most complicated and it’s definitely not the most intelligent, but were we really expecting these things from Pokémon Detective Pikachu anyway? The conflicts in the plot aren’t the most creative and neither are their solutions but maybe I just feel this way because I’m still on an Avengers: Endgame high. Don’t get me wrong, Detective Pikachu is still a fun watch—but you really shouldn’t walk into the theater thinking there will be anything more than a good time because then you’ll have an awful time.
Pikachu is as you would expect him: endearing when he isn’t speaking English and hilarious when he’s voiced by Ryan Reynolds. And seeing all the Pokémon amidst the humans will definitely bring you back to the days when your imagination worked overtime to mesh the cartoon world with your own. It couldn’t have just been me that spent hours upon hours wondering what it would be like to have my very own Jigglypuff.
When it comes down to it, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is still worth the visit to the movie theater. While you’re at it, get in line for some great food, too. Be a kid in the cinema and watch in awe as a world from your literal small screen lives it up in the big screen.
Art Alexandra Lara