Pokémon Detective Pikachu ★★★

"So let me get this right, we're forced to listen to this spa music so your head doesn't explode and kill us all?"

To me, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a warm invitation to rekindle a very special brew of emotions that reach through time to my childhood--specifically to the wondrous days during which I played Blue Version, my very first game on my very first GameBoy. It's hard to believe that so much time has passed since those early days. In the years since, I've held onto my love for the series, diving into one half of every generational release while my brother does the same with the other. We continue to cherish each one as you would a trip back into the bliss of a childlike mind.*

With that in mind, the stakes for this live-action Poké-flick were both high and low. It had the unenviable duty of inspiring that childlike awe while also delivering an engaging standalone film. On both counts, it succeeds. I happily let myself get swept away in the dazzling world this film establishes and in the eye-widening fan-service bursting from the first frame to the last. Its central story, no doubt a crucial aspect, is the only pedestrian element within but it somehow doesn't matter because it ultimately takes a backseat to the fantastic scenery around it and the sugar rush energy pumping through its thematic veins.

It's no masterpiece but it doesn't have to be. It's a solid film that I would've never guessed would be as satisfying as it is. I'm still smiling thinking about it.

P.S. I still think I'd rank The First Movie ahead of this. Mewtwo made for one surprisingly compelling and sound antagonist when I first saw it and that remains the case today.
P.P.S. Speaking of that movie, watch this and try not to feel the nostalgia flow through you like the fury of a thousand waves.

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*I am indeed playing Pokémon Sword and I'm loving it (despite my annoyance at some of the missing critters and the fact that I had to wait so long to get my damn Clefable).

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