Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

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In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

Directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Gullivers Travels, Shark Tale) Detective Pikachu is actually quite entertaining.

I watched it with young children, who were enthralled the whole way through – obviously due to the huge array of “Pokémon” on display throughout.

There is a lot to look at for the duration of the film, and the animation technique used, actually works quite well with the live action elements.  Let’s be honest though, if it weren’t for the kids, I wouldn’t be watching it, but I didn’t mind it at all.

Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu is a fantastic choice, and he brings just enough of his Deadpool sarcasm to the role to give adults something to enjoy.  The storyline of Tim Goodman – played by Justice Smith, trying to find his father, and the amnesia elements are probably a little complex for kids to follow, but there’s enough excitement to keep them interested.

Bill Nighy is great as Howard Clifford, in what is an especially different role for him, and relative newcomer Katherine Newton is fine as Lucy – love interest for Tim.

If you enjoyed the aforementioned Goosebumps or Gullivers Travels, I’m sure that you’ll find something you like about this one.  It probably does come a year or two too late in the grand scheme of things though – had it been released during the Pokémon Go boom, it may have made a billion dollars.

6/10

Review by Rick Trewin

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