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posted by k8t at 10:49 PM on February 26 [3 favorites]


I'm so excited for this movie. Mewtwo!!
posted by storytam at 11:00 PM on February 26


I am a little concerned about the director
posted by Going To Maine at 11:07 PM on February 26


I keep telling myself it's unlikely there'll be a Wooper so I won't be super disappointed when there isn't
posted by rifflesby at 12:15 AM on February 27 [6 favorites]


Oh furry Pikachu is very cute! I will watch this and probably cry at the poignant bits.

(I did not know Pokemon at all as a kid, even though I am the right age for it)
posted by batter_my_heart at 1:46 AM on February 27


Adult-me fully expects this to be bad but child-me will probably time travel from 1999 to strangle us if I don't see it. Damn this Pokénostalgia that I willingly participate in!
posted by mcfighty at 1:47 AM on February 27 [2 favorites]


I made the mistake of reading a Polygon article guessing at what the storyline could be. I found it disappointingly persuasive.
posted by Merus at 2:31 AM on February 27


I'm kind of shocked at how ecstatic I was to hear Holding Out for a Hero, and how much anticipation they managed to build up by delaying my ability to scream along.
posted by darksasami at 3:03 AM on February 27 [1 favorite]


From the list:
Much like Diego Luna wants to touch Jabba the Hutt, I want to touch Bulbasaur.

Yes. Exactly. I want that bulbasaur right now. It wants petting.
posted by Katemonkey at 5:43 AM on February 27 [1 favorite]


I don't think I can avoid seeing this on opening night anymore, the only tossup is whether I see it with my boyfriend or with my Pokémon friends (or both!).

I made the mistake of reading a Polygon article guessing at what the storyline could be. I found it disappointingly persuasive.

I mean, the movie is based on the Detective Pikachu 3DS game that has been out for a while and is fairly story-driven already, so people who played that probably already know the broad strokes.
posted by brett at 6:07 AM on February 27


EEVEE!
posted by Mchelly at 6:11 AM on February 27 [1 favorite]


I'll watch it. Here's hoping for some self-deprecating jokes about the almost-perfect AR in Pokémon Go! Or at least a reference to lots of people congregating with phones whenever some new ones are available to catch.
posted by TreeRooster at 6:13 AM on February 27


What are "pokemans?"
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 6:14 AM on February 27 [1 favorite]


I know next to nothing about Pokémon (unfortunately was too old when the craze hit) and I would never have put this on my radar, but I saw the trailer the other day and it was surprisingly good and peaked my interest. If I were to watch this movie, what is the best way to get a quick and dirty Pokémon primer?
posted by Vindaloo at 6:18 AM on February 27


I'm only tangentially knowledgeable about the Pokemon universe, but this looks self aware and deprecating enough to be entertaining. I'm in.

(Also, it's "piqued my interest", not "peaked". Sorry for the pedantry.)
posted by dazed_one at 6:48 AM on February 27 [3 favorites]


What are "pokemans?"

LET ME SHOW YOU THEM
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 6:49 AM on February 27 [24 favorites]


If you are actually asking, it's an old meme but it checks out. Google for "let me show you my pokemans".
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 6:50 AM on February 27 [1 favorite]


I kind of enjoyed the Mr. Mime bit at the end, I’m so sorry
posted by gc at 7:12 AM on February 27 [1 favorite]


Huh, I wasn't aware of that meme.

Also in Pokemon news, Nintendo has announced that the next generation of games will be out on the Switch this fall. Pokemon Sword and Shield.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 7:20 AM on February 27


I don't know diddly squat about pokemans but I'm definitely going to get really high and see this in a theater with good snacks.
posted by palomar at 7:42 AM on February 27 [4 favorites]


I don't know that I'll be high but it looks appropriately amusing and I like an alternate world sorta thing. And honestly, I just like Ryan Reynolds. Call me basic or whatever, but I find him likeable and am now primed to laugh when I hear him delivering lines.
posted by phearlez at 8:10 AM on February 27 [2 favorites]


I am so excited. I am excited for myself regardless, but I'm very happy my (nearly) 4 year old seems genuinely interested in seeing this too. I wouldn't take him if he didn't want to go, but I'm glad he does.


I refuse to have anything other than child like glee about this movie and I will love it no matter what.
posted by Twain Device at 8:17 AM on February 27


Will the detective determine if Pikachu killed Trotsky?
posted by doctornemo at 8:23 AM on February 27 [2 favorites]


If I were to watch this movie, what is the best way to get a quick and dirty Pokémon primer?

Obviously I haven't seen the movie or anything, but if it's anything like the Detective Pikachu game, you don't really need a primer. You already know the most important bits: pokemon are weird/furry/cuddly/scary animals that inhabit the world and hang out with humans. Most of them don't talk. Detective Pikachu does for some reason.

Everything else is glorious fanservice you'll miss out on because you don't have the Pokemon canon in your head, but so much of the joy of the game is just seeing cute/creepy animals settling into urban life and doing neat/mundane things that I honestly don't think you'll miss the fanservice much. Mewtwo still looks awesome and cool even if you know nothing about Mewtwo's backstory. Bulbasaur is still a Pokemon you want to hug even if you know nothing about Bulbasaur from the games. Mr. Mime arguably has more characterization in the two trailers they've released than anything in the games I've played. If anything, I'd be shocked if Detective Pikachu wasn't intended to be a gateway for Pokemon newbies.

This movie is more exciting to me than Avengers: Endgame, and I don't even know that much about Pokemon.
posted by chrominance at 8:41 AM on February 27 [1 favorite]


Jigglypuff is absolutely my favorite -- such attitude! However, Bulbasaur was always my favorite starter, and this trailer is only increasing my love for the little green plant dino. I want one! I started playing Pokemon with Yellow, and Pikachu was fine, but I had to steal my brother's copy of Blue to play with Bulbasaur like I really wanted to. (Bulbasaur, Pidgeotto, and Jigglypuff vs. the Elite Four, because I could.)

Anyway, when I first heard of this movie, I was all like no, absolutely not, what are you doing to my memories?! But the two trailers have been really fun and sometimes, you just need that. I'll be there looking forward to scanning for all the Easter eggs I can find.
posted by PearlRose at 10:00 AM on February 27


I was never into Pokemon and didn't get the love. Now, I have a 10 year old. And he likes them. Which means I have begun to learn some of the names. He doesn't play the card game but did do a bit of Pokemon Go, has some Pikachu pajamas he loves, and I was still "meh" but they began to grow on me a bit because he liked them.

Then I played through a round of Smash Bros as Pikachu... ok, it's silly but fun. And Jigglypuff was surprisingly hard to beat. So even though I grudgingly accept them - and will happily go see this ridiculous-looking movie with my kid, because it looks funny as heck - I still have to correct the damn show every time by yelling "THAT ISN'T HOW EVOLUTION WORKS". My son allows this.
posted by caution live frogs at 10:24 AM on February 27


I'm excited. Hopefully this will turn out better than the last video game movie I saw in the theatre, Super Mario Brothers.
posted by ckape at 11:47 AM on February 27 [1 favorite]


If I were to watch this movie, what is the best way to get a quick and dirty Pokémon primer?

The animated show is available on Netflix and is way better than it has any right to be.
posted by snickerdoodle at 2:03 PM on February 27


The animated show is streaming for free on Twitch.tv, but I don't think this marathon is going to explain much today; it's showing episodes highlighting specific poke-characters and they are already past Pikachu and into Snorlax...
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:32 PM on February 27


As for Sword and Shield, the fact that they're set in PokeUK has gotten people to embrace fusing Pokémon with British/Scottish/Irish slang to hilarious effect.
posted by NoxAeternum at 4:04 PM on February 27 [1 favorite]


If I were to watch this movie, what is the best way to get a quick and dirty Pokémon primer?

I'm going to answer this question as if you asked 'what's the entry point into Pokémon' because I think chrominance is ultimately right that this probably will be an entry point for people, but:

The core of Pokémon is the games (no disrepect to the card game). The anime has its moments, especially in the first season or two, but in my opinion the easiest way to get the 'point' of Pokémon is either Pokémon Let's Go, on the Switch, or Pokémon Go on your phone. Let's Go is an approachable retooling of the first game, with streamlined mechanics and a much better take on integrating the pokémon themselves into the world. Go works very differently, but that core of seeing weird and cute monsters and being able to make them stronger is still there.
posted by Merus at 4:23 PM on February 27 [1 favorite]


If this wasn't pitched as the next Who Framed Roger Rabbit I'll eat my hat (but only when it's funny.)

I can't wait.
posted by gloriouslyincandescent at 6:01 PM on February 27 [1 favorite]


I did wonder why Pokemon is written Pokémon, and there's an answer.
posted by kurumi at 10:14 PM on February 27 [1 favorite]


The accent on the e is absolutely necessary to remove ambiguity in pronunciation. I remember the Mario wars of the late 80s and am glad they weren't repeated with Pokemon.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 9:59 PM on February 28


If this wasn't pitched as the next Who Framed Roger Rabbit I'll eat my hat

The trailers seem to be trying to hit the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer notes: big relatable themes in front, and by the time the audience realises that, hey, this premise is really fucking weird, hit 'em with a cheesy 80s pop song.
posted by Merus at 4:45 AM on March 1


As for Sword and Shield, the fact that they're set in PokeUK has gotten people to embrace fusing Pokémon with British/Scottish/Irish slang to hilarious effect.

Accept no substitute.
posted by curious nu at 7:46 AM on March 2


The first Pokemon games were released in 1996 in Japan and the original Anime started in 1997.

According to Wikipedia more than 300 million Pokemon games have been sold worldwide - across various consoles - as of November 2017.

That's more than twenty years of fandom that could have an interest in this film.

People will probably go and see this film and take their kids, and even if it's a terrible film it will still make at least $500 million dollars.

If it's an objectively good film that's accessible to non Pokemon fans, it will trip the light fantastic to an eye watering amount of worldwide box office.

The nearest comparison I can think of is the first Michael Bay Transformers film. Which cost a reported $150 million to make and grossed $709 million and apart from a noted youtube film critic I've never met an old skool Transformers fan who didn't have negative feelings about it and the series as a whole.

What a time to have grown up a geek.
posted by Faintdreams at 5:48 AM on March 11


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