In a world where humans and Pokémon coexist, an electrifying supersleuth teams with his missing partner’s son to crack the case of his disappearance.
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Detective Pikachu I choose you!
I’ll admit it. When “Detective Pikachu” was announced I was a little confused. Given over 25 years of lore and history to pull from the idea that this story in particular would be the first live action one to make it to the big screen left me perplexed. Thankfully I was proven wrong and what we got was a fun and vibrant movie that clearly loves the source material.
After our young protagonist Tim (Justice Smith) receives a phone call that his estranged father who was a detective has been killed in a car accident he travels to Ryme city to clear his father’s belongings from his apartment. He soon crosses path with a Pikachu that Tim can understand and he learns Pikachu has lost his memories. They soon team up to unravel the strange circumstances of Tim’s father’s death and uncover a much deeper conspiracy.
Let’s begin with the Pokémon themselves. While somewhat slightly unnerving seeing Pokemon in a 3D environment interacting with real people it’s very well done. I can think of only a couple of occasions where the animation is off and they are so brief it’s unlikely to bother anyone. Of course a live action, CGI-heavy movie requires talent and this movie is full of it. Our lead Tim is played by Justice Smith who carries the movie well and seems to have great chemistry with his Co-star Ryan Reynolds (no easy feat considering most of Reynolds work would be in a sound booth)
The movie just pops. It’s like watching a live action cartoon (not in the literal sense that it is) but it’s bright, shiny and vibrant. A welcome change from most franchises that choose to cross the media platform into movies where they are often toned down in favour of realism.
This movie understands Pokémon and it’s fans and treats both with utter respect while throwing out the nests hoping to capture to casual audience goers too. “Detective Pikachu” is up there with “Sonic the Hedgehog” in that, while it isn’t the deepest or greatest movie ever made, it’s certainly the very best of the Game-to-Movie subgenre and you could do a lot worse than spend your time here.
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