If there ever was a franchise that was poised to break the video game curse, I think Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. And yes, if you look at how well it was received by critics and fans alike, you’d be right in saying it was the closest we’ve gotten to an outright victory. However, with its $150 million budget, its $431 million haul — while admirable — likely isn’t what Warner Bros. was hoping for.
Yes, it likely made a profit, but likely not as much as one would think, given the franchise’s pervasiveness in pop culture, that this would at least crack $500 million.
The film has been available for purchase digitally and physically ever since last month, but it looks like Warner Bros. is looking to entice potential buyers in a bigger way, and as a result, have released the first 10 minutes of the movie online, which you can check out below!
While Detective Pikachu, I thought, was a fairly solid movie, I have to say, it was a bit more disappointing to me than for most. Yes, it went through the solid motions of a Pokémon story, its mystery was sorely lacking, and by the end, its goofiness and plot contrivances made it a bit of an underwhelming experience.
All the same, I think there’s great potential in the concept going forward, so I’m happy to at least know there is one in the works from Legendary.
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SOURCE: Warner Bros. UK