Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Review
by O. Spooner
*** 3 Stars
‘The film creates too many plot holes and you just end up questioning what happens most of the time.’
Director: Rob Letterman
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton & Bill Nighy
Plot Synopsis: When a detective dies, his son goes to his apartment and discovers his Pokémon Partner who suspects he’s alive. They then decide to try and find him whilst also figuring out what the mysterious ‘R gas’ is.
For those who don’t know, Pokémon are strange creature with different powers. You’re supposed to catch them and then battle them against each other in a ‘gym’ but in this film, they depict a place called Ryme City (at least I think that’s how you spell it) where Pokémon and humans live side by side with no battles and no capturing. This is not the best idea and I would think that it would aggravate true fans of the Japanese game series. It happens all the time with films based off of videogames. The film industry changes the aim of the game, so it seems original, but all it does is annoy the true fans.
Anyway, the problem with this film is that it just doesn’t flow well with a bit of a creaky plot. The film creates too many plot holes and you just end up questioning what happens most of the time. Some of the jokes are good but some aren’t the most family friendly (which is what this movie is meant to be). The joke near the beginning of the film relates to drug abuse and the only reason that the main character can hear what the Pikachu is saying is because of ‘the gas’. The gas they are referring to is the ‘R gas’ which actually has no effect on humans. You find out what the real reason is in the film, but you still question how it happens. There are some good things, some of the cinematography is rather good and the animators must be talented to create so many incredible Pokémon but that doesn’t make up for the lack of originality in this average film.
Overall, if you want to watch this movie, go ahead, but I wouldn’t suggest wasting your money on a DVD version – but if you have SKY, go for it.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is currently available on Sky and was rated PG by the BBFC.