Detective Pikachu

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but there’s finally a video game adaptation movie that won’t make fans cringe or slump in their seats.

Ryan Reynold’s ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ is a joy to watch, but on two different levels. The first, is the brand new lick of paint many of our beloved Pocket Monsters have undergone to bring them into the 21st century. You’ll find yourself sat there pointing each one out in the cinema, from the original 151 with Charmander and Pikachu, to the latest iterations that have been seen in most recent games.

The second level, is the plot. Surprisingly, for a video game movie, the plot is fairly deep. It’s a movie based around a mystery, with a few twists and turns along the way that will actually make you gasp in your seat.

With perfect comedic timing, Reynolds plays the titular character with a sassy, yet quick witted persona, which works opposite Justice Smith’s unsure and naive failed Pokemon trainer. Supporting the cast and adding some extra star power to the mix, is Bill Nighy, who plays billionaire philanthropist Howard Clifford who dreams of a Pokemon utopia.

You don’t need to be a Pokemon fan to enjoy the movie, as my girlfriend pointed out, she enjoyed it and found the ‘cute little monster things’ adorable. For the more invested fans of the Pokemon franchise, these cute little monsters add to the many Easter Eggs found in the film.

A laugh every minute, and a story that will at times tug on your heartstrings, it seems that 2019 is a triumph for cinema, with Detective Pikachu adding to the successes of the year.

Jamie Wade

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