Pokémon Detective Pikachu Reviews
I can't blame Kathryn Newton either because her over the top acted character is definitely meant for younger audiences.
The plot itself is something out of a Disney Channel movie, but you have to expect that. Thankfully, the world where the story takes place helps you forget about that, most of the time. The Pokemon are all beautifully drawn CGI, staying true to original designs, but less colorful to blend them into the real world. This movie was definitely made to draw in new or casual fans, but also give hardcore fans lots of Pokemon eye candy with some dialogue and terms only fans of the game understand.
Bring your kids to see it, they will enjoy it. If you're somewhat of a Pokemon fan, don't worry, Ryan Reynolds will entertain you. If you're a hardcore Pokemon fan, you have no choice, you have to see it because it's the first "live action" movie.
One thing that's disappointing is that "the hook" for this film will be hard to explain if they do a sequel. You'll see what I mean. FINAL REVIEW: 7 out 10. If no Ryan Reynolds was involved, 4 out of 10. Yes, that's how good this Ryan/Pikachu fusion is. Enjoy with 3D with possible.
The movie embraces camp and the franchise it's a part of, building interest for a sequel through nothing but rich world-building. Geeky energy seeps through the screen, welcoming the audience with open arms. And while the story is nothing spectacular, it still works as a surprising mystery anyone can understand.
The movie doesn't focus on its most cliche elements, which lets it soar, and isn't afraid to let Ryan Reynold's version of Pikachu steal the show nor make story sacrifices that could hinder a sequel (which I think more movies should do).
Overall, Pikachu was an extremely fun popcorn flick. And I'd highly suggest it to anyone who isn't too picky with conveniences. Also, this movie needs to make more money, because there's a lot of this universe I still want to see.
I recommend it!!