Detective Pikachu – Movie Review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

1hr45min (2019) Adventure, Action

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Arrival Video Narrator: This is what inspired Howard Clifford to build Rhyme City. A place where humans and Pokémon can live side by side. Unlike other regions, where Pokémon live in the wild, here we live and work together. No battles, No trainers, No Pokéballs. A stronger, more harmonious world.

From video games to the live-action movie Ryan Reynold’s Detective Pikachu is nostalgic while showing new concepts from the Pokémon Franchise. Staring Justice Smith as Tim Goodman and Ryan Reynolds, both actors gave terrific performances in this more serious comedy adventure. While having a $150 million budget and receiving an impressive profit of $411.3 million at the box office it has gained a mixed response with half questioning its plot points and others appreciating what it is.

The visual effects in this movie are one of the best live-action adaptations I have seen. So happy that I decided to watch this one with 4K resolution. From battle scenes, intentional cinematic scenes to just Pokémon doing their thing in the background, this movie looks good. To mention a few moments would be the illegal Pokémon battle fights. The garden of Torterras that stand up and are sizes of mountains. Then Mewtwo becomes the main part of the story which looks good but seems a bit rushed.

The first live-action Pokémon movie is something I liked but I wanted to love it. It was higher than my expectations though it is not something considered the best of all time in its genre. Saying that it had a lot to offer to a wider audience which leads to clichés in its story. Yet it is still able to break the video game movie curse as well as telling a good crime-based story. Overall this movie gives potential to new Pokémon and well-animated stories alike that not all of them get watered-down in a sense.


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