Pokémon has been in our lives for a very long time. It came over to America in the form of a kids television show and then it blew up to a ton more. We quickly became consumed with everything Pokémon. Video games, mangas, comics, toys, card games, movies and a ton of more merchandise. Then Pokémon died off a little bit and became less of a phenomenon, until Pokémon Go. The Pokémon Go app took America by storm and it quickly became relevant again.
When Pokémon: Detective Pikachu movie was announced I was on the fence. A live-action movie based on any anime should always make viewers vary. The track record of good movies based on live-action anime isn’t great. Then the teaser came out and I immediately said no this isn’t something I would spend money to view.
The director for the film is Rob Letterman who’s work includes Goosebumps, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Shark Tale. All pretty good films that did well in theaters and on DVD. The writers for the film include Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman, and most notably Derek Connolly and Nicole Perlman. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, and Ken Watanabe.
Two things happened that made me want to see the film. I finally saw the full trailer for the movie and I said, “I have to see it now.” I follow the Japanese actor Ryoma Takeuchi and I noticed he was in America for an extended trip. Takeuchi is the main character from Kamen Rider Drive. Kamen Rider is one of my favorite Japanese Live-Action shows. Then Takeuchi started dropping hints on Instagram and I realized he’d have a cameo in Detective Pikachu.
Upon seeing the show at first it just seemed like a made a bad choice in seeing the film. Quickly though the movie took on its own adventure and it gave me the impression of the first animated movie: Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back. Yes, I’m that old I saw that in theaters back in 1999 as a teenager. The movie is full of Pokémon lore and all the things you thought about when it comes to Pokémon questions. The adventure takes us into a bad vs. evil and a couple of plot twist that I didn’t see coming.
Ryan Reynolds is great in the movie and not once did I think about Deadpool. I thought for sure I would think about Deadpool in parts of the movie. Yet, Pikachu as a character kept me in the movie as him being voiced by Ryan Reynolds. The twist at the very end left me with a happy, very cool and Ah-ha moment. I’m looking forward to the sequel as I’ve heard that The Pokémon Company and Warner Bros. wants to do a few more films.
Go see the movie, take the kids and the entire family. It’s a movie for everyone, fun, a good story, and funny. We at Anime Pad give Detective Pikachu,