Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) – Gotta Catch ’em all!

So, according to this film, Rob Letterman predicts that “Pokémon” almost controls the world. Instead of controlling the world, they live side by side with humans. So, this is basically loosely based on “Ready Player One” with a little spice from “Blade Runner“. Instead of android whose dreams of electric sheep, Pocket Monster replaces them. Humans have knowledge of them. Everything becomes all-around, maybe including making monsters as your everyday partner. Just watching Deadpool stuck in Pikachu’s body makes me happy. Plus, with those Pika Pika tones, I just learn about the language of Gods after watching this film.

The movie is actually a video game adaptation called Detective Pikachu for Nintendo 3DS in Japan, 2016. It’s just a PG movie, a gateway for a “Pokémon” franchise in reaching out to children for brainwashing. What? But, of course, the demographic is also the most watched by adults who want to be nostalgic. The story is about Justice Smith as Tim Goodman. As a child, he really likes Pocket Monster until his father dies, Harry, he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. Tim went to Ryme City, a metropolitan city where humans and Pokémon lived side by side.

However, everything changed when he met Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu who turned out to be his father’s colleague. After the two find what is actually suitable, Tim and Pikachu work together. They worked together to find Harry’s traces who was convinced dead. In this case, it’s not really that complex. But, parents say that their kid still doesn’t understand what this film was. As with the title, there is a word “detective”, this is a mystery movie, not about full of adventure or battle intense like “Pokémon”.

Simply put, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” only shows family-friendly dramas for children. Throughout the film, there are so many references related to “Pokémon” in both games and anime. Tim and his father, who also gave a final surprise, ended up with an ordinary film. Not that this is a bad movie just because of the PG rating. Rob Letterman also intended to introduce this “Pokémon” to a new generation. For an adult audience, he teaches them to venture into the world of nostalgia.

For some reason, I actually feel quite disturbed by this rating. However, this is a decent and mediocre movie by the way. I don’t know why but I have a good list. Why should it be this movie? The pace was dull and feel like this is the eye candy of visual and fanservice. We got a world history about Pokémon and its legend. The only good things about this movie, as well as the opinions of many people in general, was Ryan Reynold as Detective Pikachu. Pikachu looks cute and soft different from the trailer of “Sonic the Hedgehog”. Ryan Reynold brings Marvel’s subtle wisecrack-like humor. The impression then sounds absurd.

The bunch of Pokémon in “Pokémon Detective Pikachu”, on the other hand, doesn’t ruin the nuances of this cliche drama. Even if you aren’t a fan of Pokémon, which is me, you can enjoy this movie as well. Justice Smith appears in a geeky fashion but at the same time plays a fragile character. But, the human characters are just bad, flat, and solid. They are not real at all and don’t even look different from the scattered Pocket Monster. Whether it’s Kathryn Newton or anyone, all the human characters (and the villain of courses) were just flat and lifeless.

The visual effect and visual effect. There is a visual effect there and there is a visual effect here. This movie is like fanservice, a distraction without the need to enjoy or explore such stories. The details are eye candy, especially Pikachu and even Psyduck. This film, besides I don’t appreciate it in terms of stories, combines the concept of live action and animation into one. This is a successful Hollywood film in adapting anime, mostly because it’s based on a video game actually.

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” brings important and unique things both in terms of franchise and video games, making it as eye candy and fanservice movie. This, then, makes the story easy to understand. Really has fun even if the kid doesn’t really understand but they enjoy it (maybe). The plot is kind of cliche and repetitive but this is a PG movie, I understand. The human characters are flat and really monotonous. However, this film managed to bring in old and new fans into the world of Pocket Monster.

3 out of 5 stars.