I’m no Pokemon trainer, in fact, I’ve never played a single Pokemon game, but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying Detective Pikachu, which is now in theaters.
You can check out my full review below in video or script forms!
“Hey now fans of the Pokeverse, Matt Heywood here from EntertainmentBuddha.com to review Detective Pikachu, or what I like to call Extremely Adorable Deadpool.
I must disclose that I’m not well versed at all in Pokemon outside of knowing that it’s a hugely popular gaming world I never got into, and that Pikachu is more or less its poster boy, or thing.
So I would imagine super fans will get way more enjoyment out of Detective Pikachu than I did, but I can also say that it still manages to entertain even if you’re not a dedicated Pokemon fan.
I derived most of my enjoyment from Pikachu himself, thanks to Ryan Reynold’s voice work. He made the character feel comfortable and relatable, while also bringing his patented snark to the role. He just made the world of Ryme City feel legit, even though it had CGI pokemon inhabiting it.
The story itself is a decent take on the classic murder mystery crime trope featured in many movies across genres, and provides a few twists that are revealed both through flashbacks, and through the plot arcs of the main characters. I wouldn’t call the twists mind blowing, but they did keep the narrative interesting, and motivated my non-Pokemon-knowing brain to remain engaged.
Plus, the movie’s world was just very cool looking thanks to the neon infused aesthetic of Ryme City, as well as the infusion of live-action pokemon characters. Even though I have no clue who most of them are, I still appreciated their looks and personalities, and I did feel as if they belonged alongside real human actors. They did look or feel like full fake, so the VFX work is pretty top-notch.
My biggest complaint is with the human cast members. Justice Smith does a solid job at times as the human lead, but during emotionally heavy moments, he struggled to convince me he wasn’t acting.
Kathryn Newton on the other hand feels like she’s playing a caricature of an anime character, so at times her performance is distracting, while during other scenes she’s fine.
Detective Pikachu is a 7 out of 10 type of movie, but if you’re a Pokemon fan, I think you could add at least one more point to that score. There’s no doubt die hards will appreciate it more than a very casual appreciator of the franchise.
I do recommend seeing it in theaters if your a Pokemon trainer, otherwise you can probably wait for its home release.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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