Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Rating: 7.5/10

In a world where pokemon and people evolved side-by-side, Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) discovers his lost father has been killed in an accident, but in the process of discovering who his father was, he runs into a talking pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) and, working together, they both uncover an evil plot coming down from the highest level.

I loved the graphics in this film. They do a really good job of making all the pokemon in the movie look as realistic as possible and it shows as it (almost) seamlessly coexisting with their live-action counterparts. Also, I felt that the acting was all well-done, voice acting from Reynolds going hand-in-hand with the live-action costars. Bill Nighy especially does a good job as always.

Okay, now my complaints, for one, there were a couple of “twists” in the film but all could be seen coming from a mile away. It’s probably fine for kids, but as far as mysteries go, they could have done something a lot better that kept the people more familiar with the genre. Also, I’m disappointed there weren’t more pokemon battles, especially with the mystery being so lackluster it really could have used more action-packed fights.

But as far as video-game adaptations go, which tend to be notoriously bad, this is one of the better ones I’ve seen.

SCORING:

+6: Decently entertaining

+1: Great graphics and SFX

+1: Good acting

-1: Lame mystery for a detective movie

-0.5: Could have used more pokemon battles

+1: Bonus point for being a video-game adaptation that doesn’t just fall apart at the seems

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