Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Review: Ryan Reynolds adds the perfect sass to this buddy cop movie

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Review: Ryan Reynolds is the unconventional yet apt choice to add shades other than adorable in Pikachu. And adventure buddy cop ride for all ages.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Review: Ryan Reynolds adds the perfect sass to this buddy cop movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Review: Ryan Reynolds adds the perfect sass to this buddy cop movie
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Pokémon Detective Pikachu

 

Pokémon Detective Pikachu Director : Rob Letterman

 

Pokémon Detective Pikachu Cast: Justice Smith, Ryan Reynolds, Kathryn Newton

 

Movie Rating: 3/5

 

 

 

Video games have been a part and parcel of our childhood with Pokémon arguably being the most popular. To see the world of video games in a movie is a guilty pleasure but more often than not the end result is not satisfactory. However, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu manages to beat the odds and what we get is a charismatic buddy cop movie, fit for all ages.

 

 

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is based on the 2016 video game of the same name. Taking inspiration from that while giving us a fresh perspective, we are introduced to a new character named Tim Goodman. Tim gets the horrific news about his father Harry Goodman's mysterious death. He lands up in Ryme City, where humans and Pokémon live in harmony. Upon a chance encounter with Harry's talking Pikachu, the two set out on a wild adventure to find out the actual truth.

 

Whoever suggested Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu deserves a raise. The actor brings forward his Deadpool-sass, albeit PG 13 rated and bonds with the beloved Pikachu with finesse. Every buddy cop needs two to tango and we have a perfect candidate in Justice Smith, who uses vulnerability and daddy issues to bring forward a simple story. Their chemistry is spot on and is the heart of the film.

 

When it comes to the storyline, it's nothing extraordinary. A son who has issues with his father has become the moral policing for many recent films. However, the director and co-writer Rob Letterman cleverly uses the nostalgia factor to keep everyone hooked. There are many light-hearted moments which are interspersed with the purposely placed emotional sequences. There are certain nods to topics like global warming, which is sure to make you chuckle, like it did to me. The CGI is top notch and that is evident when you are first taken to Ryme City. To see the Pokémon universe exist with the human world is sure to leave you fascinated.

 

At times, certain scenes could have been cut short as the real action begins towards the last half hour of the film. However, a one-time-watch would definitely suffice. It's a family entertainer that will leave all the members happy and satiated.

 

At the end of the day, the real hero of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is Ryan Reynolds who adds different shades other than just adorable to one of the beloved video game characters of all time, Pikachu.

 

 

 

 

 

(Also Read: Actor Ryan Reynolds says he turned into Detective Pikachu for his children)

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