‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’ Film Review

Grade: B

Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Two decades have passed and Pokémania is still sweeping the nation. Fads come and go, but this phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, as long as there are new creatures and worlds to expand. Its popularity only seemed to go strong with the rise of an app called ‘Pokémon Go’, causing many a lazy butt to go outside and a generation of millenials to become social, yet never have we had a live-action ‘Pokémon’ movie until now. ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ is just as fun as a movie set in this world could be; elevated by great effects and the charm of Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the electric-type creature.

‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ is mostly set in a town called Ryme City, where humans and pokémon can coexist in peace and harmony a la ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ with cartoon characters and humans. However, unlike the aforementioned film, the creatures are not treated as second-class citizens; they are more-or-less partners to their trainers, willing to help out with tasks and jobs. I.e. serving coffee at a cafe, putting out fires, and solving mysteries; the last one being a profession for our eponymous character whose trainer has mysteriously disappeared. Left with no memory of what happened, Pikachu ends up turning to his trainer’s son, Tim (Justice Smith), to help solve the case.

Though Tim is reluctant at first, he manages to find a friend in the electric mouse-type pokémon as their journey leads them to a conspiracy which could eventually disrupt the balance between humans and pokémon. Joining Tim and Pikachu on the case are Lucy Stevens (Kathryn Newton), a reporter who is always on the prowl for the next interesting story in typical over-the-top movie news reporter fashion, and her Psyduck, a simple-minded psychic/water type resembling a duck.

Though predictable as its formula may be, ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ is fun, heartwarming, and an all-around good time. If you are a fan of ‘Pokémon, you will not be disappointed.

9 thoughts on “‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’ Film Review

  1. Interesting review. I was pretty skeptical when I saw the trailer a while ago. Good to know that there is some value to it. Certainly makes more sense than other live action remakes coming out soon.

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    1. Being a first generation Pokefan, I was interested when I first heard of its development. Nobody could have voiced Pikachu better than Ryan Reynolds in my opinion.

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      1. Yeah, I grew up with the original 151. Haha! Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since Mewtwo Strikes Back came out, too? Time really flies.

        I would’ve never guessed that Deadpool himself would play Pikachu which blew my mind when I saw the trailer.

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        1. It’s insane to think that ‘Detective Pikachu’ came out nearly twenty years after ‘Mewtwo Strikes Back’. I even remember my sister and her boyfriend at the time taking me to see it when I was a kid.

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          1. Yeah, seriously. That’s cool. Back then, that movie came out close to my birthday when I was a kid, so I had a party at my childhood home with friends before going to a PACKED movie theater of families wanting to see Mewtwo Strikes Back since so many kids wanted that Mew card as much as they wanted to see the first Pokemon movie. Haha! Of course if you would’ve told me back then that there would be a live action Pokemon movie, I would’ve fainted since I was a hardcore pokemaniac when I was young.


              1. Sure thing. It’s crazy how that actually happened with Detective Pikachu! Haha! What’s next for a live action take on a video game franchise? Megaman? Legend of Zelda? Virtua Fighter?

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