After hearing that it’d be based on Detective Pikachu I thought the movie was going for the youngest of demographics with this one and not Pokemon fans, let alone adult Pokemon fans but still end up being a decent charming yet nothing like Pokemon movie for kids around the age of 7. After checking out the game I changed my mind and now thought it’d be a a hit, it’d go over well with kids and adults. Better received than a more “traditional” Pokemon movie would’ve whether animated or live action. The concept is novel and since it’s aiming for comedy it’d be accepted by old fans and kids alike.
Biggest complain is the whole final act felt a little too superhero movie to me and was unnecessary. I didn’t like the final villains plan in the end or even the twist. The final act is far better in the game since it’s not a big hollywood spectacle and nothing as crazy as what we see in the movie. The mystery angle feels more real in the game since you actually solve a few mysteries which works great. On the downside because of that the story is a lot tighter in the movie. Still I would’ve preferred a small mystery like in the game instead of that whole giant torterra scene straight out of Star Wars.