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Old 05-12-2019, 02:45 PM   #1
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Bouffalant Detective Pikachu (movie)

Turns out, not so great. Game was wayyyyyyyy better. I'd put this above Destiny Deoxys an a couple other poké-movies I dun care for whatever thats worth. Everything felt rushed aside from one seemingly never ending setpiece scene, the detective work was largely swept aside, and unlike the game this was yet another super heavy Gen 1 pandering session. Also the villians plan was both dumb and gross so bleh.
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:44 PM   #2
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Interesting, this is the first negative review I've seen. I haven't seen the movie yet though, so I don't know!
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Old 05-12-2019, 06:46 PM   #3
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As a stand alone film, I enjoyed it. But I know it's pretty much the plot of the game as a movie and there's always going to be a transition issue. I didn't play the game, so /shrugs
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Interesting, this is the first negative review I've seen. I haven't seen the movie yet though, so I don't know!
It seems I'm one of the few people in the world that thought the pokémon looked gross. Further they were from the camera the less bad they looked, which isn't to say they looked good from afar just that their hideousness was more obscured. Lickitung was a thing of nightmares.

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As a stand alone film, I enjoyed it. But I know it's pretty much the plot of the game as a movie and there's always going to be a transition issue. I didn't play the game, so /shrugs
The thing is that it wasn't the plot of the game. It retained some things from the game such as the names Tim/Harry/Ryme City/"R" one unexplained plotpoint an nothing else is coming to mind. Like Pikachu didn't even carry around his trademark magnifying glass!

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"R" was used to commit & coverup crimes by passing the blame to pokémon for one. The end villians plan was not complete nonsense like the movies was either. The game also leaves itself open for a sequel unlike the movie because Mewtwo reveals Harry is still alive somewhere out there and so Tim & Pikachu resolve to continue their search for him. Cause game Mewtwo was... a Mewtwo. Not some do-anything makeup powers on the spot that somehow could merge people & pokémon.


Also the game wasn't a Gen 1 wankfest like the movie. There was a much greater variety of PKMN an because the game actually had detective work ya interacted with a whole lotta 'em. Whereas in the movie there are some non-Gen 1 PKMN but they're largely in the background. Only a couple of scenes had 'em doing anything. But wait, theres more! Anime (dub) pandering! MC with a Pikachu befriends a girl with a Psyduck and outta nowhere its decided they're love interests. HMMMMMMMMMMM.

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The games forced romantic interest wasn't any better but at least the girls partner pokémon wasn't a Psyduck. Hers was... none! She didn't have one cause everyone having one wasn't a thing!
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:33 PM   #5
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It seems I'm one of the few people in the world that thought the pokémon looked gross. Further they were from the camera the less bad they looked, which isn't to say they looked good from afar just that their hideousness was more obscured. Lickitung was a thing of nightmares.
The style is disgusting but it was more trailer bait than anything. I think the uncanny novelty has long since worn off.

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Anime (dub) pandering! MC with a Pikachu befriends a girl with a Psyduck and outta nowhere its decided they're love interests. HMMMMMMMMMMM.
This existed in the original Japanese, 4Kids just played it up in a few places.

Still, that's hilarious and I can't wait to see all the shippers triggered by this movie. I'm seeing the movie TUESDAY because Nintendo needs muh money.
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:45 PM   #6
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fwiw this is game Tim. Generic tool. Movie Tim was in every way superior.

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The style is disgusting but it was more trailer bait than anything. I think the uncanny novelty has long since worn off.
I never saw any of the trailers. Or read details about it. I saw... a screenshot or two of Pikachu an that was it. I went in as blind as someone who played the game could be. Prolly a good thing to since I've since read that the trailers gave away alot.

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This existed in the original Japanese, 4Kids just played it up in a few places.
Ohh was that the case? I always remember reading that 4Kids basically invented the romantic stuff. Guess they just hugely blew it outta proportion.

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Still, that's hilarious and I can't wait to see all the shippers triggered by this movie. I'm seeing the movie TUESDAY because Nintendo needs muh money.
I don't think Nintendo or TPC needs your money but Warner/Legendary might. Weak opening in Japan, 58 million in the US. on a 150 million budget... plus the tons spent on marketing x.x;

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Old 05-12-2019, 10:55 PM   #7
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I fucking loved it and I can't wait to see it again. Plot was kinda meh, but the visuals were great, the atmosphere was great, and the acting (barring Kathryn Newton) was pretty solid. I was geeking out the entire time.
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Ohh was that the case? I always remember reading that 4Kids basically invented the romantic stuff. Guess they just hugely blew it outta proportion.
No, that's part of a smear campaign by anti-Pokeshippers. There were definitely a lot of little Ash-Misty moments in the original. Where 4Kids blew it out of proportion was:

-Misty's Song
-Ash mentioning Misty in Jirachi: Wish-Maker

Those were 4Kids creations, but they only added fuel to a well-lit fire.

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I don't think Nintendo or TPC needs your money but Warner/Legendary might. Weak opening in Japan, 58 million in the US. on a 150 million budget... plus the tons spent on marketing x.x;
This follows Shazam! as a surprising underperformer. I think there's a clique of casuals out there who think they're too grown-up for this movie. Cave dwelling man virgins don't want to go to a theatre with their already-bred betters and their kids.
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Old 05-13-2019, 01:04 AM   #9
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On a more positive note, they did get the whole "Charizard no like getting tail flame stomped out" stuff right. I thought it was charming in a sense. Ludicolo also the greatest star in the film.

This is coming from someone who has never seen the source game of Detective Pikachu so.
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Old 05-14-2019, 02:42 AM   #10
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I fucking loved it and I can't wait to see it again. Plot was kinda meh, but the visuals were great, the atmosphere was great, and the acting (barring Kathryn Newton) was pretty solid. I was geeking out the entire time.
I came out of the movie feeling the same way. Story was weak, especially near the end, but it was a fun movie.
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