Thanks to Roadshow we had the chance to see ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ is the first live-action film version of the famous Nintendo video game and TV anime series Pokémon. The franchise, popular since the ’90s, continues to attract hordes of fans to collect cards and figurines and play video games to catch ‘em all.
The film takes a different approach to the anime premise, and isn’t about Pokémon trainers. Instead, it takes place in Ryme City, where the cute and powerful Pokémon roam free, living in harmony with humans who they choose as companions.
The story follows Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), a young insurance clerk and probably the only person not interested in Pokémon. Tim, who lost his mother during childhood, is notified about the passing of his father, detective Harry Goodman, in a shady car accident where the only survivor is his Pokémon partner Pikachu. Tim travels to Ryme City to collect his father’s personal effects and meets Pikachu who, strangely, can talk only to him (in the voice of Ryan Reynolds). Together, and with the help of aspiring reporter Lucy Stevens (Kathryn Newton) and her Psyduck they further investigate the case that Tim’s father was working on, unveiling a plot that endangers everyone in Ryme City.
Ryan Reynolds brings Pikachu to life in a comedy and adventure packed film. Reynolds comes up with a neurotic, coffee-addicted Pikachu who slurs witty jokes pretty much like Deadpool and, as odd as it sounds, this works to perfection. Smith and Reynolds are solid partners and have great chemistry onscreen but the other hero of the film is the amazing CGI work that’s been done to recreate the world of Pokémon. The fan-service is fantastic! Older audiences and fans of the series or the video games can seriously spend the entire 104 minutes of the film spotting all the diverse Pokémon lovingly inserted into every corner of the film, living in the wild or in Ryme City, while younger audiences will love the simple storyline and action-packed setpieces.
Overall ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ is great fun; a perfect family friendly movie that delivers entertainment for all ages. It feels inevitable that this live-action film will be the start of a whole Pokémon movie franchise.
‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’’ opens in local cinemas May 9th.