Pokémon: Detective Pikachu [Movie Review]

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
Directed by: Rob Letterman
Written by: Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman, Derek Connolly, and Nicole Perlman
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy
Rated: PG
Runtime: 104 minutes
Release Date: May 10, 2019

Detective Harry Goodman went missing during an investigation, and his son Tim along with Harry’s former Pokémon partner Detective Pikachu, embark on an adventure through the brightly lit neon streets of Ryme City to find out what really happened to Detective Harry Goodman. Here’s the twist, 21-year-old Tim, can somehow understand and speak directly with his father’s Pokémon partner, Pikachu!

They make sure to show off as many Pokémon as possible in this film (as well as some new ones that will be premiering in Pokémon GO!), because they want you to feel as immersed as possible in the globally popular phenomenon that is the Pokémon game series. Children will have a blast pointing out which Pokémon is on screen, and adults (who also love the franchise) will point out how beautifully rendered the various Pokémon look in this movie. Unlike some other game-to-movie franchise translations, this one looked good from the very first trailer, and looked even better and more believable on the big screen.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is not littered with Pokémon battles, because its focus is more on the adventure story. Loaded with clean Ryan Reynolds style humor throughout as he plays the loveable Pikachu, this movie runs about 104 minutes and definitely aims to please the Pokémon fan in all of us. The pacing seems a little off though. I don’t know exactly what it is but it feels like they were trying to set up the final act with the second act, but weren’t too sure where they wanted to go with it. They understood what the beginning of the movie was, and how it would play out. They even understood what they wanted out of a final battle, they just didn’t know how to connect the two.

Overall a fun movie with a few dips, a visual treat to all those who love Pokémon.

Rating 3/5

In January 2019, four months ahead of the release of Detective Pikachu, Legendary Entertainment announced that a sequel is already in development, with Oren Uziel signed on as screenwriter.