Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (Movie Review)

Oscar Rendon | St. Louis, MO | May 11th, 2019


Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2019) stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe, Chris Geere, Rita Ora and Ryan Reynolds as the cute and cuddly Pikachu in 2019’s Pokemon live-action adaptation from the Detective Pikachu video game. Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) and his new ally Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) stumble on the mystery of Tim’s fathers death and the two set off on an adventure in the world of Pokemon.


First things first, the Pokemon work in the movie. The whole film fails or succeeds on how the Pokemon look, move and interact with the real world and in the real world and we can happily say that it works! The style and look of the Pokemon doesn’t change much from the original anime. In fact, the Pokemon are only given texture on top of the original design in the show. Now the second thing to tackle is the story of the film, which is pretty straight forward. Like any good detective film it has a lot of twists “thats a twist, very twisty”. The film does a great job of exploring the world of Pokemon, you can’t help but to look at the entire screen to see what is happening in the background with other Pokemon and thats where the film runs into a few problems. In street/alley scenes where theres a lot of exposition between Pikachu and Tim you are focused on the background more than you are with what is in actual focus and at times it hurts the film. The 2nd act of the film is a bit slower in pacing and thats when the film decides to work on the characters and their relationships. Tim’s and Pikachu’s relationship is built upon and you start to care about the two more and their bond as it grows throughout the film. The last positive of the film I can say is Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu, the talking Pikachu just works and makes the character even more endearing. If you were worried about getting a Deadpool Pikachu then you’re in luck because you don’t. Overall the film has a few problems, Justice Smith at times feels like he isn’t trying to act as if there are Pokemon walking around and it takes you out of the film at certain times. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is a fun film for the entire family and is a bit heavy on exposition for the young fans but is perfectly balanced with Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu with his quick one liners that don’t fall in Deadpool territory but it’s own thing!

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