All of my life I’ve wished for Pokémon to be real and Pokémon Detective Pikachu might be as close as I ever get.
Every birthday when blowing out candles, every time I saw a particularly bright star. For as long as I believed in the power of wishes, that was my first choice.
It’s because of this when I first saw the designs for Pokémon Detective Pikachu I was immediately and intensely excited. I drank in every trailer with every new detail of this furry, scaly, and sometimes disgusting Pokémon. This was possibly as real as Pokémon are ever going to get in my sad, short lifespan.
This was the smallest piece of a wish coming true.
So, I went in with unprecedented expectations that were impossible to meet. As such, Pokémon Detective Pikachu absolutely fell short of them but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun movie in a seriously cool world. It’s also without question the best video game movie we’ve ever had – which is the biggest backhanded compliment anything has ever received.