Release Date: May 10
Starring: Justice Smith, Ryan Reynolds, Kathryn Newman, et al.
The Pokemon franchise is one of the most recognizable properties in anime. And, while I feared the curse that’d plagued movie adaptations of video games for some time now would also catch up with this one, it did pull off some surprises that ranks it a better movie ahead of most of its predecessors.
But… Detective Pikachu suffers from a lot of problems, most of which are brought on by its own self and the way it choose to tell its story.
I’ll just go out and state right here one of the two best thing about Detective Pikachu – Pikachu, and that’s rightly due to Ryan Reynold’s performance. Witty remarks and sharp one liners have become his trademarks, and even though it’s somewhat predictable, it’s only fitting he was the best bet to bring to life the character. The second is the awesome CGI world building; for a time I found myself believing a human-Pokemon universe could actually work.
Detective Pikachu starts slowly, picks up halfway once our buddy dynamic starts rolling, only to end up in a pudding as its final act approaches. A large part of this shortcoming is from its human part of its cast. Human lead Justice Smith does some good work here, but it’s very far from what I’ve seen him do in the past, and what I’m certain could’ve been his best. Yet, he still remains the best performer of the movie, after Reynolds, as the remainder of the cast are inherently terrible and near unbearable to watch. All the world building and beautiful sceneries isn’t enough to save the movie from this grave shortcoming. Cringy dialogues and tacky performances abound greatly; the producers of this movie have a lot to be thankful to Reynolds for.
Directed by: Rob Letterman
Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5