Interlude: Detective Pikachu (a brief review)

Day 52. 64 pages, 30,172 words.

So, speaking of things that are a thing

So yes, we finally did go to see this movie, and it was pretty much exactly what you might have expected. It was a mash-up of Zootopia and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and that was about it. I mean, that was exactly it, there was nothing really that wasn’t in those two movies, except the toons were Pokémon.

The CGI and live-to-animation interaction was pretty much flawless here, and the Pokémon looked very cool. It was fun to watch. I don’t know enough about the games and shows to really comment, especially regarding the Detective Pikachu game, but it seemed fine.

Wump had a great time, and so did her parents. I might have wanted a bit more madcap and snarky Ryan Reynolds riffing, but I accept that there is only so much you can do with this rating and the expense of animating all the dialogue he riffs. They balanced it fine.

The movie itself, well there’s nothing I can’t really add to “a mash-up of Zootopia and Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. Its plot was straightforward, entertaining, and didn’t really hold any surprises. I might have preferred it to be a bit more original, but meh, it was fine. It didn’t really suffer for its similarity to Zootopia, although in my opinion Zootopia was a superior movie. A lot of it, as you might expect, made no damn sense and I’m really not sure where I’m supposed to go with it. It was fun.


You’ll probably enjoy this movie if you like Pokémon. You’ll definitely enjoy this movie if you really like Ryan Reynolds. You’ll most likely get more out of this movie if you go into it expecting absolutely nothing more than a live-actionesque CGI rendering of a Pokémon story, a bunch of BSTs and a few laughs. This is one for the kids of all ages. I’ll give it one and a half Bulbasaurs out of a possible Snorlax. And no, I have no idea what that means.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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1 Response to Interlude: Detective Pikachu (a brief review)

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    Zootopia was damn near a masterpiece and you know I don’t hand that out lightly. I’ve decided after time 3 that Endgame is as well.

    The girls and I have this planned as a date fo sho.

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