Filled with twists and turns, "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" will take you along for a wild adventure. From the most die-hard Pokémon fans to casual viewers, this PG film is an enjoyable experience for all.
Pokémon are cute monsters that can be trained to fight in battles, either by you in a video game, or characters on a television screen. Pokémon have spawned cartoons, trading cards, video games, and more. The franchise has thrilled kids since the 1990s so it’s no wonder why Warner Bros. greenlit this urban fantasy film.
If you don’t want to know more about this whodunnit story, this is your chance to turn away.
The live-action film follows 21-year-old Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), an insurance salesman who has a hidden passion for Pokémon: training. One day, Tim receives the news that his estranged father, Harry, had died in a car crash. Because of this, Tim has to travel to the fictitious Ryme City, a place where Pokémon and humans live and work together and Pokémon battles are outlawed. In this metropolis, Tim’s dad worked as a detective with Pikachu as his partner. Upon entering his father’s vacant apartment, Tim sees Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) who is lost and confused. Tim and Pikachu can somehow understand each other, which is something normal humans and Pokémon cannot do.
Following this interaction, Tim and Pikachu team up to uncover the mystery behind Harry’s death and Pikachu’s memory loss from the crash.
Reynolds was a seemingly odd casting choice for the lovable, iconic character of Pikachu. Reynolds' adult-man voice contrasted with the normally soft and sweet Pikachu most fans have come to love. The ending justifies why this choice was made, albeit in an odd way, that does make sense in the grand scheme of the overall story.
The movie does a marvelous job in building the world in which humans and Pokémon coincide in one city. It reimagined these creatures as equal to humans and not “slaves,” which is something that previous films from this franchise portray them as. The CGI Pokémon, which are cute and fluffy, are a more realistic iteration of their cartoon counterparts.
As a thrilling modern take on a classic 1990s tale, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is entertaining and ridiculous. Even though the twists are predictable, the movie is still satisfying. The movie knows what it is and plays around with its outlandish concept to the fullest extent.
The film appeals not only to adults who enjoy the nostalgia but also to kids who are experiencing the world of Pokémon for the first time. Despite its faults, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is a perfect weekend escape that ignites the child-like giddiness in us all.