Hang onto your butts, 90’s kids – our beloved Pokémon finally hit the big screen in Detective Pikachu.
The film follows a young man (Justice Smith) who joins forces with Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) to discover the mystery behind his father’s disappearance while uncovering a plan that threatens the entire Pokémon universe.
The most impressive aspect of Detective Pikachu is how lifelike the Pokémon look and feel. As someone who grew up during the height of the Pokémon era and dreamed of having her very own Pikachu, it was spectacular to see this world come to life in an authentic way.
The beauty of Detective Pikachu is that it knows exactly who the audience is and completely embraces its fandom. To be honest, if you aren’t a fan of Pokémon, I doubt you will go along with the film’s absurdity as easily as true die hards.
Overall, the film is enjoyable popcorn-entertainment. It’s a fun way for a new generation to fall in love with Pokémon. But yes, it is ridiculous. The ending alone will raise your eyebrows – die-hard fan or not.
But one thing everyone can agree on is that Ryan Reynolds is truly the spark that keeps Detective Pikachu going. His childlike Deadpool-esque wit brings genuine humor and heart to the film. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Pikachu is just so damn adorable to look at.
Final Thoughts: If you didn’t grow up making the hard decision between Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, then you probably won’t enjoy Detective Pikachu as much as the fans. Otherwise, the film is a goofy and entertaining ride that’s fun for the whole family.