REVIEW: ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ combines animation with the real world in a humorous film all can enjoy


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The film blends animation and reality seamlessly.

Laughter erupts in the auditorium where “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is playing after the familiar creature cracks yet another joke about being addicted to coffee.

On Friday, May 10, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” a film combining animation and reality, premiered in theaters. It follows the plot of the 2016 video game of the same name while adding a twist of humor and life-like animation.

In the film, Detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing and is proclaimed dead, prompting his 21-year-old son, Tim (Justice Smith), to discover what happened. As Tim reminisces about his father’s “death,” he meets Harry’s former Pokémon partner: the adorable Detective Pikachu, voiced by Ryan Reynolds. Tim is the only human who can talk to Pikachu, so they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.

The plot is the same as the game, so while the mystery is revealed at the end, Pokémon fans may find the movie predictable since nothing changes from the game except the ending.

The film attempts to carry out some sad scenes but fails. When Tim thinks back to his childhood, for example, he remembers a lack of time spent with his father and believes that he didn’t love him. This scene is awkward, taking place too early in the movie for the audience to feel connected to the main character.  

Even though it lacks some emotional substance, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is filled with plenty of funny scenes, such as when Tim tries to ask people if they can talk to Pikachu but all they can hear is “Pika Pika.” Similar scenes and Pikachu’s hilarious comments make the movie worth watching.

It may be beneficial to know the species of Pokémon and recognize them in the movie, but the film is understandable for non-fans. Viewers do not need background knowledge of Pokémon to enjoy the film.

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” does not fail as a mystery or a comedy. It masterfully implements the world of Nintendo into reality while making all the Pokémon seem alive and dynamic.