Release: 10 May 2019
The world of video game-based movies has always been quite stormy, although luckily many years have passed since we enjoyed from movies like Street Fighter: The Last Battle or Super Mario Bros. In fact, Nintendo has been a company that had long resisted making the jump to real image cinema, but finally we have a new bet with this Detective Pikachu movie. And the thing has given to talk, after those first images in which Pokémon and humans were mixed as if it were an episode of the series. And no less than Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) is the voice of our lovely Pikachu.
In essence, the story is the same as in the Detective Pikachu video game that was released for 3DS about a year ago, but logically everything has been designed for the viewer to enjoy many of the facets that the Pokémon universe has been giving us since the end of the 90s. In this way, we are not only presented with an investigation with their corresponding script turns, but we can also enjoy some brief Pokémon combat, references to franchise cities such as Kanto or Sinnoh and, of course, many jokes with the pile of Pokémon that appear in the film: Mr. Mime giving clues with mimicry, a Psyduck that is always about to explode, or the inevitable joke around the uselessness of the Magikarp!
In that sense, two considerations have to be made. On one hand, that this is rather a movie for children or, in any case, to watch with the family with the children, because the script is quite simple and even predictable if you have a minimum of film experience, but at the same time humor can be funny to a small audience. On the other hand, although everything that happens is more or less explained, certain Pokémon behaviors will be funny only if you are a little knowledgeable about the franchise, while if it is the first time you see an Aipom, it will seem like a little bug, but nothing more. In any case, as we say, the story is not too complicated, so it can be seen without problem even if we are not very familiar with the Pokemon franchise.
Who is responsible for entertaining us without stopping is the protagonist Pikachu himself, who knows how to perfectly convey Ryan Ryeynolds' comic visual with many moments of sarcasm, puns and referential humor. In front of a leading character who, the truth, is a bit dull, both this Pikachu and the Mewtwo that plays a large part of the mystery constantly catch our interest, wrapped in the rest of pocket monsters extracted from the most classic installments of the franchise.
Al ofl this would not have been possible without a technical section at the height of the circumstances. If in the 80s that masterful who cheated Roger Rabbit could've managed to unite the classic cartoons with the people of flesh and blood, now this Detective Pikachu gets the same with the video game characters, giving them a three-dimensional aspect, expressiveness and level really amazing detail. Of course, the one that shines the most is Pikachu, but the rest of the Pokémons, from a Lickitung to the Torterra, are equally well represented. We are sure that both Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have been very on top of the film so that its reproduction is taken care of to the maximum level, and the result is incontestable in that sense. Apart from all of them, we also find some secondary weight actors, such as Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy (from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) or Ken Watanabe (Origin). In any case, here the main grace is to see the Pokémon in action if you are children (or children in adult bodies, which is also phenomenal) and to capture all their references if you are fans of the franchise.