Pokémon Detective Pikachu – REVIEW

Image Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Pika Pika Pikachu!~!

Image Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.

Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City – a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world – they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

Not everyone is a fan of Pokemon but for me, Pokemon has been a joy for many years. I love the cartoon, love the card game, and play Pokemon Go to death. Now my joy has come to a live action screen. So what can I tell you about this little tidbit of joy. The movie is based on the Nintendo game also called Detective Pikachu.

Whats it all about?

Don’t be fooled. this film is more edgy and covers some serious themes. Themes like death of a loved one, betrayal, and regret. The film is also very funny. It has a number of scenes that explore the Pokemon universe in very unexpected ways. Over all it was surprisingly good. I wont give spoilers so don’t worry. The many Pokemon making appearances in the film was a delight. The CGI was top notch and made many of the Pokemon seem to be real living and breathing animals.

I loved the detail they went into when Pikachu is injured. The breathing, the texture of his fur, and the facial expressions were so well done that I forgot that it was a CGI creation. It truly was a beautiful experience. Parents need to know that the film really is for a ten and up audience. Many of the themes in the film are over the head of a younger generation. Also the film has a fair amount of violence.

My advice for watching this film is simple. Really soak in the universe. Pay close attention to the background action as many hints and foreshadowing is right in front of you throughout the feature. Mostly, Just go and have fun. I plan to see this film several more times in the coming weeks.