Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019)
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Detective Pikachu is a film sold entirely upon brand recognition. It can be fun at times, and the Pokémon are cute and well realized; but if not for the brand, it would be forgotten immediately upon viewing. This is the same director who brought us masterpieces such as Jack Black in Gulliver's Travels and.. Shark Tale. Detective Pikachu is directed with approximately the same amount of enthusiasm, innovation, and creativity as those past gems.
Scenes are framed as though you handed a smartphone to your grandparent and asked them to take a picture. Characters are somewhere between being ironically self-aware and unknowingly cliché. And, for better or worse, Ryan Reynolds.. will.. not.. shut.. up. Dramatic scenes are undercut by out-of-place one-liners, Pikachu starts singing the OG Pokémon TV theme song for no apparent reason, and it is very difficult to invest in any of what is happening in the story. If you don't see every plot beat coming at least 30 minutes in advance, props to you on attending your very first movie ever, because you have a lot of good ones to look forward to seeing! Detective Pikachu is not one of those good ones. This is a bland and inoffensive family film, with nothing much to say, and a multi-billion dollar warm and fuzzy childhood memory attached.
If you are a Pokémon fan, you should see this film for the novelty factor. It will definitely get a few giggles and smiles out of you. It did for me! For everyone else, I recommend Pokemon 3: The Movie, which has a very nice and heartfelt story, and is probably the best of the 22 currently released Pokémon films (including Detective Pikachu).
Worthwhile watch. They have translated the Pokemon world pretty well to live action. Pikachu is fun. Quite frankly the movie should have been a bit longer, it is rather short and held back by a third act that is not as good as the other two.
If you aren't a Pokemon fan then I really can't see you getting a whole lot out of it. It's a very meta movie in the franchise and while it has a few low points like the acting in certain scenes, it's worth a watch if you're a fan. I feel like they could've really used this as a nostalgic opportunity to bring all of us back to those days when binders of Pokemon cards were spread over the living room floor... but it didn't quite get there sadly.
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This movie ranks #277 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
This movie ranks #915 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office