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It only took 20 years and Deadpool voicing the electric mouse himself, but itís finally been proven that video game movies can be good.
Firstly, The film feels exactly like a Pokemon game with live action actors. Change Tim for a young Ash and it could be an anime episode with minimal changes thereafter. This gives the film a nostalgic air about them, one that hits home harder and better than any of the recent Star Wars movies. This is helped by an overall lack of bias towards generations which helps sweep up fans across all the years (Iím a B&W man, myself). The amount of references to Pokemon makes this feel like a movie made by fans for fans and not just a cash grab.
The plot is good. It isnít amazing, itís actually pretty cliche, but itís passable. To almost everyone's shock, Ryan Reynolds absolutely slays it as Pikachu, mixing the comedic charm of Deadpool with some heartfelt moments that were rarely seen in those films. Everyone else gives at least good performances, although nothing to write home about.
Overall, Detective Pikachu is a film that literally runs on nostalgia that actually makes itís concept work, and proves that good video game movies are out there.
Now enjoy that feeling before the Sonic movie arrives.
I was a huge fan of the Pokemon anime as a kid, but I lost touch with the franchise about a decade ago. I came into this movie thinking I'd like it solely for the nostalgia factor, but to my surprise, it's a solid mystery adventure film that's funny, suspenseful, and heartfelt in its own right.
First of all, I can't stress enough how gorgeous the special effects are. Every Pokemon looks better than anyone familiar with the anime could've ever imagined, looking realistic but not to the point where they're creepy and unsettling like a certain blue hedgehog whose movie I plan to skip. The colors, the textures, the proportions... everything is exactly what you'd expect a Pokemon in our world to look like.
The acting and characters are top-notch, with Ryan Reynolds giving a phenomenal performance as our favorite electric mouse, with all the comedic wit of Deadpool with pathos to match. Justice Smith, similarly, turns out a stellar performance as a young man trying to connect with a world he thought he'd have to give up long ago as he searches for the truth about his father. The plot is enrapturing and will genuinely keep you guessing and wondering what the twists will be.
My only complaints are that Danny DeVito wasn't able to appear, and that a few of the twists in hindsight seem a bit obvious. Otherwise, a solid film. 8/10
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