The video game curse is finally broken. Legendary and Warner Bros. are releasing Pokémon Detective Pikachu in theaters next week, and I was lucky enough to see it early. From the moment fans saw the first trailer, any hesitations about the film were quickly put to rest. It looked like a cute, hilarious take on Pokémon in live-action, which is something we’ve never seen before.

What I was most impressed by was the attention to detail that director Rob Letterman brought to the project. It wasn’t just a Pokémon movie, it was an experience. I already can’t wait to own the blu-ray to freeze frame certain sections of the film and point out all of the easter eggs and furry creatures. Another thing I was surprised by is just how emotional the story is, which makes up a large part of young Tim Goodman and Pikachu’s relationship while searching for his missing father. I can’t recommend the film enough to die-hard Pokémon fans and casuals alike, please go support this next weekend so we can continue this universe. As always, for my full thoughts check out the video below.

Ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son, Tim, to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.

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