Do you wonder why the live-action film trailer has taken the internet by storm? Well, that is because of a mix consisting of unsettlement, nostalgia, and of course, Ryan Reynold and not only! This week, Warner Bros released the first trailer of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. This is a live-action Pokémon film that is set to be released in May. Currently, the trailer has been viewed 10m times on the official YouTube channel alone, and tens of millions more through via Facebook and Twitter.
Vice declared that the film’s trailer is “extremely cursed”. It’s been a top trend on all night, with hundreds of tweets a minute. But what has the trailer provoked such intense reaction though? Well, basically Pokémon is a pretty sacred nostalgia source for many of us, and a lot of us relate to it the same way the 40-something people think about Star Wars. And when something tends to mess with our childhood memories, we fill comment boxes with emotionally charged reactions.
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The Pokémon movies we saw when we were little kids were all cheap anime jobs, however, that did not stop us from crying when Ash died and his Pokémon friends revived him. This time, Detective Pikachu is about a failed Pokémon trainer with a missing father, who meets a Pikachu in a deerstalker hat only to find that he can understand the creature, just like Kanto’s Doctor Dolittle.
In this film, we see Pikachu talking, and if that wasn’t weird enough, he talks in the voice of Ryan Reynolds. It’s funny because previously he could only say ‘pika-pika! Chuu!’, and look at him now. Also, we’re hit with the fact that Pokémon themselves are very realistic, with natural-looking fur and skin. Even Pikachu himself looks hairy, and that makes people a lil uncomfortable. Moreover, Charizard is a terrifying dragon. Jigglypuff is a fur ball with human-looking hair. Although Verge proclaimed this as proof that Pokémon should not be realistic, we can’t help but wonder, what exactly is the alternative? Cartoon Pokémon in a real world, a la Space Jam?
Just read a full rant about how Detective Pikachu’s Jigglypuff shouldn’t be ‘furry’, and now all I can think about is the terrifying alternative…
Jigglypuff with hairless cat flesh.
Jigglypuff, the singing testicle.
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) November 12, 2018
The vibe that we’re getting from this trailer is anything but two-dimensional, and this is giving people the creeps. The poster of it opted for a modern noir feel, with city neon reflected in street puddles. We might creep out, but we are not disappointed. Fans all around the world have supported the film with extremely positive responses. The film is out on 11 May. Before you go, keep in mind that the cinemas will not be packed with kids, but rather with people in their late 20s and early 30s.
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