Today I had the glory of seeing a Pikachu all stylized to match that of real life in my Youtube subscriptions. Honestly it was a big surprise; I heard the rumor of such a movie, but I wasn't thinking it would be true. But, low and behold, I was wrong. As the title, you all are expecting me to be negative to this movie in one aspect.
-Is it the subject? No. To be honest, since this is (at least from my memory) the first live-action Pokémon movie made, it would make sense to tackle something not too major. Detective Pikachu was a cleverly designed and influenced spinoff game, and its cast of characters and story gave it a really nice and interesting plot. Plus, the location of the game, Rhyme City, is by far one of the best places to live. In the game, the city had many characters, but each character had one partner Pokémon. Yes there were wild Pokémon, but every character had their own Pokémon to help with their job or task or just for company. So, I think using Detective Pikachu for the first live-action Pokémon movie is the better choice. I mean, the other spinoffs of Pokémon are both the Ranger and Mystery Dungeon series, and I personally had more attachment to the story to the character of Detective Pikachu. (that and I have a soft spot for mysteries)
-Is it the plot? No. Like I said above, Detective Pikachu had an amazing story. of course, this being a movie, not everything is going to be 100% identical. So I'm not expecting the first case all the way to the last. But, I'll be honest, if the main gimmick/theme of most of the cases of the game is not a part of the movie plot, I will be upset.
-Is it the animation? Yes. But at the same time no. See, this is where my concerns lie. I'm sure every Pokémon fan ever has imagined what it would be like to have Pokémon in real life. We've seen countless artists do their interpretations or even a solid attempt at making a "realistic" Pokémon. So, when I heard about this movie, I had concerns. After watching the trailer...my concerns are still there. I see the direction that they were going with the Pokémon. On one hand, their stylizing the features like scales or fur, to showcase the amount of detail they are trying to do for each Pokémon. But at the same time, their not completely 100% "realisticify" each Pokémon. Pikachu has fluffy fur that in games and anime, we don't see the details of. But in this movie, we do get to see said fur. And from the other Pokémon I've seen, they're beginning to have a blend of realistic detail but keeping the originality of the Pokémon's original look. The only real takeaway I have thus far is Psyduck's design. I'm not exactly sure what about it that causes so much discomfort, but seriously. Jigglypuff is also kinda concerning, but its minor at best. Plus if you pay REALLLLLLLLY close attention, you'll notice that its the Jigglypuff from Kanto. (The green marker/microphone). Mr. Mime actually looks interesting. After all, Mr. Mime is a human-like Pokémon, so the face he looks almost human is very nice. The others thus far are also really nice. I'll still have concerns, but so far, I am impressed.
So will I see this movie in the theaters? Quite possibly. But for now, let's just sit back and let's see how far it goes.