Pokémon Detective Pikachu is not your average Pokémon movie and we cannot wait to see how it unfolds. Instead of it taking on the traditional “Ash on a mystical adventure” approach, Detective Pikachu is reinventing the wheel by adapting the Pokémon series as if it would happen in our very own world.

The new movie is doing a lot differently from its main star all the way to its unique CG-meets-real-world art style. If you were on the fence about the movie, then don’t be. We have five reasons why we cannot wait to watch it.

5. The Pokémon World Comes For you

We all know how past Pokémon movies go. They are all anime-styled with Ash and his posse as they take on a great mystical adventure through their latest generational region. It is pretty much copy and paste at this point. Detective Pikachu is doing things very differently.

Detective PikachuBeing the first live-action Pokémon film in the series, the story and setting of Detective Pikachu is very different. The film is set in a world where Pokémon and humans live together and both beings inhabit the lands, cities and skies. The portrayal of the world merged into one means you will finally get to witness a real world as if Pokémon existed in it all along with its fears and dangers, beauty and mystery. It is the most realistic Pokémon adaption ever made and one that will fully realize the world of Pokémon and people together.

4. Detective Pikachu is Not Ash’s

Pikachu is the mascot for the Pokémon series and we all are quite aware of this cute little mouse but again, to make this upcoming movie so different, the film is not based on Ash’s Pikachu. Rather Detective Pikachu has an entirely different personality and charm.

First off, he can speak which is something not seen often in the Pokémon series. Secondly, he is a detective which is a different role for the mouse Pokémon too. Thirdly, Pikachu being a different Pikachu than Ash Ketchum’s means we will get the opportunity to embrace and love an all-new character.

3. It’s Pokémon But More Hardcore

Detective Pikachu’s darker movie tone is definitely not your average Pokémon experience. The world is inhabited by Pokémon and they have all been designed to look like real animals. Charizard, for example, is a giant scary dragon with scales and deadly claws. Pikachu is actually furry and has paws that resemble animals in the real world.

If you ever imagined what it would have been like to witness a real living and breathing Pokémon in the world then the movie will give you an example of it but just like the real world where animals are both pets and a threat to humans, so are the Pokémon in the movie. They are as dangerous as they are realistic looking.

2. Ryan Reynolds is Detective Pikachu

Ryan Reynolds is known for his iconic Deadpool character that is as over-the-top as possible. He is voicing the main character in the upcoming film, and from what we have heard, it is going to be one hilarious viewing.

You see, Detective Pikachu is not the soft and lovable Pikachu we know from the series. He is instead a hardy and feisty character that is on the opposite spectrum of the Pokémon we know. If Pikachu was a thirty-year-old chubby man with a beard and addiction to coffee, it would be Detective Pikachu and Ryan Reynolds will be responsible for bringing that to life in the film.

1. It Could Be The Start of Something Great

Detective Pikachu has already been confirmed to be receiving a sequel n 2021 and that could only be the start of an entire franchise of this live-action adaptation of the Pokémon series. The sky is the limit here as the world of Pokémon merging with the real world opens up dozens of avenues for new experimenting of the series for years to come.

Apart from Detective Pikachu, we could see other live-action adaptions that deliver a darker and more realistic experience. We could see the series spawn more games in the series too and perhaps a real-world adaption of the series into a video game. If the film is a success, Pokémon will be bigger and better than ever before in ways never seen before.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu releases in South African cinemas on 17 May 2019. Will you be watching this new movie? Let us know in the comments section below.