Title: Detective Pikachu
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Rob Letterman
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton
Runtime: 1 hr 44 mins
What It Is: Young accountant Tim Goodman (Smith) isn’t exactly a fan of Pokémon. So when his father’s detective partner and actual Pikachu (Reynolds) shows up. The electric mouse tells Tim that his presumed-dead father might still be alive. Now Tim and is on an adventure with his volt vermin companion trying to solve whether or not his father is gone. Along the way, a curious news network intern named Lucy (Newton) will join them…well she and her Psyduck (a rather dangerous situation). But what sinister force could’ve caused this disappearance/possible homicide.
What We Think: So this is just a really fun time at the movies. Don’t go into this thinking it’s some piece of art. That’s not what this does. This is meant to leave your brain outside the theater and just have a good time. Ryan Reynolds brings his class of sarcasm to the little yellow mascot and overall the world is an absolute marvel. The attention to detail for long-time fans of the product is a joy to watch. Even when the other characters falter in the dialogue department…we can rely on Pikachu. Who’d of thunk it!
Our Grade: C+, I probably enjoyed this more than most. Not only is this an entertaining piece its one that your whole family can enjoy. Even if older members never understood those “Pokemans” they will laugh and have a good time while the story, even though it’s flawed will keep you engaged. A tighter less deus ex machina ending would’ve lifted this. As it stands I can recommend this one for sure. Take your whole family to see this delightful and surprising film. Oh and for you electric mice out there I say “Pika Pi Pika”