[Film Review] Pokémon Detective Pikachu Brings The World To Life In The Best Way

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The Pokémon franchise has been making a resurgence back into the mainstream. This movie shows off what great potential this world has.

Detective Pikachu is a movie that knows what it has to do. It knows that you have to start somewhere in order to grow. That was my main thought when leaving the theater after seeing this movie. The potential for this movie franchise itself is looking good.

The movie is about Tim Goodman, played by Justice Smith and the Pokémon Pikachu who is voiced by Ryan Reynolds. They come together in a series of events where they have to find Tim’s father. It’s a standard story with nothing remarkable about it. What makes this unique is that it’s in the world of Pokémon.

I loved this show when I was younger and I played the games often up until recently. I would have never thought anyone could pull off a Pokémon movie that wasn’t animated. This world is stunning to say the least. All the Pokémon that are brought to life are done well, even the disgustingly cute Lickitung.

This massive world filled with these creatures makes you want to live in it. The movie only gives you glimpses into how big the world can be. It doesn’t take you into a deep dive of explaining everything, only the bare basics. For fans of the franchise you won’t care because you probably already know. For newcomers you’ll be out of luck, unfortunately.

This doesn’t take away from the movie overall which could’ve been quite the blow. Smith and Reynolds make an interesting pair to say the least. At times Reynolds as Pikachu can be overwhelming because you hear his voice loud and clear wherever he’s at. Justice’s character gets overwhelmed by him constantly so much so that you might wish for him to get out of the way. He has his moments, however, particularly when he’s trying to figure out why no one else can hear Pikachu speak.

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Ryan Reynolds doing what he does best, talking and making witty comments and jokes. Despite his voice coming out of Pikachu’s mouth, it works. I never thought it would, but it does. I now see Pikachu as a mini version of him so take that for what it’s worth.

As I said earlier, the movie doesn’t take any major risks with the story. It’s predictable and the outcome you can see coming from a mile away. It does capture the essence of Pokémon, which is mystery and adventure. The potential for it to become something much bigger is there. We just have to wait for the next one.

Detective Pikachu has all the right elements to be that movie that families see together. While it misses a few marks, I’m excited to see where it goes.

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