IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Rob Letterman
Release Date: 10 May 2019
Star Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton
We are introduced to Tim (Justice Smith), who has dealt with Pokemon creatures as a trainer — the young man receives news of a family tragedy and travels to Ryme City, only to stumble upon Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), who is a Pokemon detective and seems to be solving a missing person’s case. Naturally, the two team up to go on an adventure and piece together clues to uncover a conspiracy.
As you can guess the story beats follow a rather typical formula, but the film overall is an enjoyable bit of escapist fare thanks to Reynold’s predictably manic voice performance and the beautiful CGI world building. Director Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Goosebumps) makes it a point to inject ‘vastness’ into every scene, making the world we see in the film giant in scale but also geographically identifiable, thanks to a certain balance between the actors and the VFX accompanying them. The jokes mostly land their punches and there are in fact a couple of standout sequences that will make you guffaw endlessly. Even the action bits are surprisingly well done, with the third act containing some violence that will probably shock you, given this is supposed to be a family entertainer.