- Origin: 22/25
- Story: 19/25
- Camera/SFX: 22/25
- Performance: 21/25
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City – a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world – they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
- Rated: PG (Some action, rude and suggestive humour)
- Genre: Action, Adventure and Animation
- Directed by: Rob Letterman
- Written by: Rob Letterman, Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit and Derek Connolly
- Release date: 10th May, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 104 minutes
- Studio: New Line Cinema
|Ryan Reynolds||Harry Goodman/ Detective Pikachu|
|Justice Smith||Tim Goodman|
|Kathryn Newton||Lucy Stevens|
|Bill Nighy||Howard Clifford|
|Ken Watanabe||Lieutenant Hide Yoshida|
What a good start to a new film franchise, using the loved Pikachu to kick it all off. I loved how they introduced the Pokemon and that they showed us many different generations rather than just generation 1. I never felt overwhelming with the Pokemon, and the lore behind it wasn’t too confusing. I liked that the world of Pokemon had already developed and they tackled the topic of combining Pokemon to humans quite well. The genetically modified Pokemon seemed weird, but that is what the world of Pokemon is about.
A simple but effect narrative that had a few twists and turns that weren’t expected. I must say that the villain was predictable and we weren’t falling for the innocent act. I liked the direction the film took, giving us a different side to Pokemon. I liked the twist at the end with his dad coming back to life at being inside Pikachu the whole time, it will probably be never explained properly how that can happen, so that may be a loop hole for awhile. I don’t think this film will have a lasting impression on me though, its one that I enjoyed but ill forget about.
The Pokemon looked great, they looked realistic enough to seem convincing, without losing the looks that make them Pokemon. I saw at times that the effects were dodgy, especially with some human interaction, but it was still a sight to be hold. The tense action scenes were filmed very well and the comedy timing was good most of the time.
Obviously, Ryan Reynolds stole the show for me, he was funny, the voice was great for the character and he seemed confident with everything he did. Justice Smith did a good job at keeping up with Ryan as well as acting most of his scenes without anyone else, ti can be hard to act with just a CGI stick or ball into front of you. The cast were a good one, since this is Pokemon some lines were cheesy and didn’t have much of an impact. But at least you can always count on Bill Nighy to be a good villain, driven by making people better.