‘Detective Pikachu’ has potential to wow Pokémon fans, new and old


Warner Bros. Entertainment

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu features Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu, and Justice Smith as Tim Goodwin. The movie is set to premiere on May 10.

Ana Gonzalez, Editor-in-Chief

Don’t worry, this review is spoiler-free.

From the TV show to the video games, to the toys from McDonalds and Burger King, who knew that after 20 years Pokémon would finally get a live-action movie. Many people wondered how they would pull it off.

With computerized technology becoming the norm nowadays in most movies, filmmakers have the ability to bring artistic creatures to life. Many kids, like myself, wanted to have a Pokémon in real life. Pokémon Detective Pikachu brought a few steps closer to that dream.

Enter Tim Goodwin (played by Justice Smith), who works as an insurance salesman. Growing up, he was never really into Pokémon unlike his friends were. He receives a call from the Ryme City Police Department regarding his father, Harry, an ace detective. Tim takes the train to Ryme City, where he meets up with a special Pikachu. Both Tim and Pikachu travel throughout the city to find clues to the whereabouts to Tim’s father.

He teams up with Lucy Stevens (played by Kathryn Newton), a reporter who’s also trying to uncover the mystery of Harry Goodwin. Lucy is accompanied by her Psyduck, who tends to get a headache almost frequently.

Although there are about 800 Pokémon, and many more to come thanks to the upcoming release of new games Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield coming later this year, not all Pokémon make an appearance in the movie. You will see familiar ones such as Bulbasaur, Ludicolo, Jigglypuff, Aipom, Growlithe, Eevee, and more.

The same ol’ humor you’ve grown to love as a young kid still exists in the movie. Ryan Reynolds, who voiced Pikachu in the movie brought his comedy over, creating a character that resembles a character that keeps track of his steps on his smartwatch, drinking substantial amounts of coffee, and feeling cute and adorable. Reynolds, who also used motion-facial capture with Pikachu, did a great job differentiating between his prized superhero Deadpool, and the electric mouse Pokémon.

This movie could become the video game blockbuster, as past video game-based movies were not able to successfully break the box office totals. Movies such as Warcraft, Tomb Raider, and Resident Evil all had mixed reviews when it comes to accuracy between the games and the movies.

Whether you are a veteran fan, who has been there since the time Ash Ketchum met Pikachu for the first time in episode one of the anime series, or picking up a Pokémon game for the first time recently, this movie is easy to follow. In fact, this movie could rekindle the love for Pokémon once more for those who have been away for quite some time. Even young ones can enjoy it, just be wary of a few “scary scenes”.

Thankfully, if you are hoping for more live-action Pokémon movies, Legendary Entertainment, the studio that brought you Detective Pikachu, has future plans to create a “Pokémon Cinematic Universe” similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The studio, in an interview with internet magazine The Observer, says that they want to “cover all sides of the Pokémon world”, which includes giving all 800 Pokémon a chance to shine on the silver screen.

The movie will be in theatres everywhere Friday, May 10; rated PG. This is the first ever Pokémon movie that has earned a PG rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (all 19 animated movies had earned at G rating).