Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is finally being shown to reporters, and the first reactions to the film have been largely positive. While movies based on video games have always struggled to be anything more than mediocre at best, it looks like Detective Pikachu is largely charming the first folks to see it. While there are a few dissenters who found the story a little slow, the consensus seems to be that at the very least, the film provides a world you’d love to inhabit and it should be a delight for Pokemon fans.
Check out the first reactions below. Detective Pikachu opens May 10th and stars Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Suki Waterhouse, Ken Watanabe, Kathryn Newton, and Rita Ora.
— LoTron Prime Dave Trumbore (@DrClawMD) April 24, 2019
If Ryme City from #DetectivePikachu was a real place I’d make plans to visit it tomorrow. The movie is a lot of fun and filled with Easter eggs. Pokemon fans are going to love it but it is still welcoming to those that don’t the world. pic.twitter.com/cLZcNvzypP
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 25, 2019
I had a LOT of fun with #DetectivePikachu! It is so unabashedly odd, I was grinning the entire running time.
— Silas Lesnick (@silaslesnick) April 25, 2019
I just got out of #DetectivePikachu and my first thought is OMG HOW DID THEY MAKE PIKACHU SO CUTE!!! It completely nails the world of Pokémon, and just seeing their amazing live action creature designs is worth the price of admission. If you love Pokémon, you’ll love this movie. pic.twitter.com/Z7oS42JlDd
— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) April 24, 2019
Wow, Detective Pikachu is easily the best video game movie ever made and a real delight for anyone who grew up with early Pokémon. Who ever thought Ryan Reynolds in a furry ball of cuteness can carry a movie deserves a raise. @DetPikachu
— David Crow (@DCrowsNest) April 24, 2019
My reactions to #DetectivePikachu: so cute! Fun for the whole family! Pokémon obsessives will be pleased, but Poke novices will be able to follow along—and will maybe even get sucked into the whole world. In summary: I want to cuddle Pikachu.
— Marah Eakin (@marahe) 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
The best parts of #DetectivePikachu are the Pokémon and world building. The plot around that is overly convoluted and frankly, a little boring. I tried to like it but didn’t. I hope fans feel differently.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 25, 2019
#DetectivePikachu has the fantastic worldbuilding, fun adventure & cute creatures that Fantastic Beasts franchise needs. The story itself is just okay, and slow. I’m sure I’d appreciate it a more if I were a Pokémon fan, or as a kid. Some adult fans were losing their shit.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 25, 2019