An Entertaining Live Adaptation of a Videogame: Detective Pikachu Review

A lot of filmmakers have been trying how to implement a film adaptation of a video game properly. Many have succeeded (Tomb Raider 2001), and others failed (Assasin’s Creed 2016). But in the case of 2019’s “Detective Pikachu”, it seems like everything turned out well.

The movie is based on the 2016 game “Detective Pikachu” that was released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS. It was the first live-action adaptation of the Pokemon series which fans have been excited about. Many are worried that it may turn out as a flop, but it looks like the movie has seen the brighter side of the day because of its success.

Synopsis

  • Detective Pikachu features Tim Goodman (portrayed by Justice Smith), who is a son of a police detective Harry Goodman. A mysterious car accident killed Tim’s father, and it’s up to him to find out what really happened. He traveled to Ryme and met his father’s Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), and both of them formed a team to bring justice to Tim’s dad. Aspiring reporter Lucy Stevens (portrayed by Kathryn Newton) together with her Psyduck joined Tim and Pikachu into their adventure. As they go deeper on the mystery, they found out a mysterious thing that could put Ryme and its human and pokemon residents to danger.

Directed by Rob Letterman and written by Dan Hernandez, Detective Pikachu has a simple story with little twists and turns in between. There are also “surprises” that was already predictable as well. The movie was aimed at younger audiences, hence its PG rating, but can also be enjoyed by all ages as well.

The story is not Detective Pikachu’s strongest points, but it’s how the world (Ryme City) was implemented that you feel like you’re included in the adventure. The movie successfully portrayed the world very well and how pokemon and humans interact with one another. It gives you an idea of how it feels like to live in Ryme City and to have a very own pokemon yourself.

The relationship between Tim and Pikachu is what stands out throughout the entire movie. Kudos to Smith’s performance while talking to CGI creatures the entire film (and some humans of course). Ryan Reynolds also did a pretty good job on voicing Pikachu as well. His comedic side still shows, but only lessened to make it more family-friendly since you don’t want to hear Pikachu blasting out curse words in a PG-rated film, right? (Deadpool is waving at you).

Verdict

  • Avid fans of Pokemon will surely appreciate this masterpiece. It’s worth every penny on watching this movie in theatres, and your expectations were actually met. The choice of the cast may sound a bit odd at first (Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu is still puzzling to think about), but the formula works very well. Pokemon is a massive videogame franchise that was loved by many, and it’s surprising to see that the first live-action adaptation of the video game has ticked the right boxes.

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