Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is the First Good Video Game Movie?!

David Crow May 9, 2019

We examine what exactly it is about Pokemon: Detective Pikachu that has it mostly succeeding where so many video game movies failed.

It’s no secret that video games and traditional Hollywood cinema have had a long, dysfunctional relationship. Despite movie producers jumping as early as the dawn of the 1990s onto the video game bandwagon—with incredible talent like Dustin Hoffman and Bob Hoskins competing to star in the Super Mario Bros. train wreck—nearly 30 years later, there has never been a good video game movie adaptation. Hence the peculiarity of Detective Pikachu’s fairly well-received arrival.

While several fantastic films that have been highly influenced by video game tropes and iconography—I myself am partial to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Wreck-It Ralph, and Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One—all of those films were either based on original ideas or some form

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