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  • Todd Puhl

Detective Pikachu; An unsolved case of why it was made.

Holy God was there a sequel to Green Lantern and I missed it? Ryan, buddy, what

happened bud? Based by yes, the title and my opening quip, this is not going to be a

high five review. I am sure, if I was a hardcore Pokemon fan and “collected them all”I

would have completely enjoyed this film, however, based by the audience reaction in

the theatre, I wasn’t alone feeling bored, confused, not amused and wanting a


As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 63%, Metacritic was at 53% and IMDB

was at 7.1/10.

The Cast:

Justice Smith as Tim Goodman

Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu

Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens

Bill Nighy - Howard Clifford

Ken Watanabe - Lt. Hide Yoshida

Oh and the Cab driver from Deadpool is in the film randomly.

What is Ryan Reynolds without being funny? Just eye candy. And even that van get

you so far. One can argue that he can be a good overall actor, however his strong

suit will always be a smart ass/comedic character. The trailer for this film, gives you

the false advertisement that he will be just that. Short of a “smell my finger” comment,

it was like watching the sequel to Waiting. 105 minutes of wondering why it was

made and no goat.

Short of Ken Watanabe from Batman Begins/Last Samuri, Bill Nighy from Underworld

and the cab driver from Deadpool. The rest of the cast, including had small films or

were completely unknown. Being as much as there was an overkill amount CGI in

this film, I guess they had to cut costs in casting to make sure the film gets


The Recap:

Ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old

son, Tim, to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former

Pokémon partner, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Finding

that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can

talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.

The good:

 It was cool seeing the Pokemon live action and such. Also seeing a a

live Pokemon battle was pretty cool. That’s it.

The bad:

 Ryan Reynolds not being funny. We can have that argument that it

was a family friendly film. If that's the argument, did any of the writers

watch Shrek? The series was made to cater to both children and

adults so they had their own joke to laugh at.

 Now unless you are a hardcore of Pokemon, you are literally watching

the new age version of Super Mario Brothers from 1993. No story, all


 The whole story of Son looking for father mixed with a character with

amnesia are typical story lines that are pumped out by Hollywood. It

was boring and predictable. We knew the ending 30 minutes into the


Things that stood out:


Why we should watch or not watch it:

Unless you are a hardcore fan of the film, this is a hard pass. I was in a sold theatre

with a diverse selection of people. Parents, babies, kids, teenagers, elderly, hardcore

fans, casual fans and confused people. They should have a high yield of people were

interested. Nope. I literally had a kid sit beside me who was there by himself, pull put

a book mid movie and start reading. We had kids not paying attention and crying they

wanted to leave and parents constantly “going to the bathroom.”

Rating: 1/5Stars

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