Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Director: Rob Letterman
Writer/s: Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman, Derek Connolly, Nicole Perlman, and more.
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe, Chris Geere, and more.

Detective Pikachu


The Intro:

C’mon, you know I had to get hyped to start this one out. This post right here addresses quite the anticipated film, Detective Pikapool! I mean, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu”! As a kid, I was and still kind of am a big fan of Pokémon. I remember geeking out to every Nintendo game that came out and pouring countless hours into the portable game. Not only that, spending hours watching the TV show and memorizing the theme song along with every bit of dialogue from countless re-watches.
Today we have a film that not only excites the younger generations of Pokémon fans, but also entices the older generations too with slick looking animation and of course, Ryan Reynolds. Let us now jump right into seeing if this comedy filled and unique looking version of Pokémon did enough for this childhood fan.

IMDB Summary:
“In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.”

The Oberrating:
It is cut and dry that the creators of “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” knew exactly who they were making this film for; the kids and the lifelong fans. With this decision, they made a proper and fun film. Detective Pikachu is hilarious for most audiences and wildly entertaining maybe just for the fans of Pokémon. As expected, Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu is a success element right off the start. Reynolds brings his charisma and laughs to the fuzzy lightning Pokémon and one can not help to just hear Deadpool in disguise. If you love Reynolds’ Deadpool, then you will love Reynolds’ Pikachu…. Just edit out a handful of F-bombs.
To compliment Reynolds, the film gives us co-star Justice Smith. Smith does a fine job in the film as well. Maybe nothing too exemplary but his chemistry with Reynolds is on point and makes the film flow well.

Next to the comedic element, there is one other thing that Detective Pikachu does near perfect in my eyes. This element was the amount of moments that were catered to the Pokémon enthusiasts in any audience. From the epic modern style of seeing our favorite Pokémon, to playful and humorous moment hinting back to the animated film, and just the overall experience of seeing a live-action version of our childhood come alive. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is a a film to make all fans smile from ear to ear in their seat. I know I was.

While the childhood Pokémon fanatic in me was loving almost every moment of this film, the logical and analytical movie mind in me can not stay quiet. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” has plenty of faults and one of these faults lies within its story. Its detective crime style only works so much and personally, I could only tolerate so many mystery twists so much. All the way leading up to the end which I find to be both humorous yet painfully cliche and forced. Despite the twists, the film stayed predictable but one could only expect so much for a film targeted for kids.

The Wrap-Up:
“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is well worth a watch, in theaters or at home once it is capable of hitting your screen. Plenty of laughs to go around for audiences of all ages, a home run for the fans of Pokémon, and a rip roaring good time for the children. I personally am a big fan of the film but can not be blind to its flaws whether viewed as large or small.
Enjoy Pika-pool everybody!

Rating: 3/5


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