I choose you!!
It appears we are now in a new era of movies, where Video Games and Cartoon source material is being given the appropriate approach. Where we can stop thinking about the endless flops we got in the past. Pokémon Detective Pikachu steps out as the first live-action treatment for the Pokémon franchise. The Pokémon community cheered when they announced that the live action movie would be loosely on the 2016 3DS game Detective Pikachu. Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a warm, silly family adventure that goes for the heart like the animated movies and the TV show did in the ’90s. It effortlessly builds a new world while delivering on the cute loveable Pokémon. Warner Bros delivered on stunning CGI that instead of distracting the viewer it submerses them into the story.
The story itself centers on the disappearance of Harry Goodman, and his 21-year-old son’s quest to find him. Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) travels to Ryme City in order to find out what truly happened to his Dad. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, wisecracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Finding out that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim Goodman is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery. Along for the ride is Lucy Stevens (Kathryn Newton), an intern that aspires to be the next big reporter in Ryme city. If we were, honest this movie is not as much about the plot but the love that it shows for its characters and the world it explores. Pokémon Detective Pikachu presents a world that is both beautiful and complex without breaking a sweat. No massive amounts of exposition, no convoluted explanations. Simplicity is the key that establishes the world of Pokémon while leaving room to expand in the future.
The story’s heart or the meat of the film is the partnership of Tim and Pikachu. Justice and Ryan have a chemistry that surpass the CGI and really carry this Saturday morning cartoon version of buddy cop relationship. Ryan Reynolds proves that his immense charisma and his comedic wit are tailor made for any role. He delivers memorable lines all while maintaining a family friendly version of his humor. All while stamping his own flavor to the super cute Pikachu. Pikachu being animated right and so cute is one of the many victories this movie has.
(He is cute and he knows it)
In conclusion, Detective Pikachu delivers on change of pace, fun family-friendly movie that is a much for kids as it is a love letter to the older fans of Pokémon. Those that toiled hours playing the card game and the video games. The studio understood that they needed to treat the franchise with care and deliver on something that would not embarrass the Pokémon Brand. Do not get me wrong this is not a perfect film
but it is an extremely solid movie. A movie that would make any Pokémon fan proud. Let us hope they keep this trend up.
I give Pokémon 3.5/ 5 Poke balls.