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Detective Pikachu: mediocre movie of the summer (Movie Review)

posted May 31, 2019, 4:43 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 31st, 2019

Hello Folks! Today we will be reviewing the movie Detective Pikachu.


This movie is about the disappearance of our main character’s father. In looking for answers, Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) stumbles upon the R serum, which makes nearby pokemon go nuts.  After finding a Pikachu, Goodman realizes that he can talk with Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds). After teaming up with his father’s pokemon to investigate for further information, Tim uncovers certain doom for both human and pokemon life.  Can Tim save the world? Find out in Detective Pikachu!


In all honesty, I’m not a Pokemon fan, and so many of the pokemon references were swept under the rug for me. But I soon found that the movie was spectacular to look at and admire. However, the plot seemed way too cliche. If I had a nickel for every time I heard of an evil protagonist attempting to expose a chemical across the city to mutate humans, I’d have some serious change.

Beyond the plot, the visual imagery generated by the artist was amazing. Watching a realistic pokemon move around was incredible. As far as themes, I don’t think there were any learnable messages. You have your goodie two shoes of a guy trying to impress a girl, but instead gets caught with his pants down-- literally.  More importantly he tries to find his dad who was taken. The ending also seemed really confusing as the villain wanted to fuse humans with their pokemon, which doesn’t seem so much like a bad thing. If anything, the true villains are the makers of the movie for such poor plot quality. And for a Pokemon based movie, this had little to no battles whatsoever.  If the directors really wanted, they could have gone somewhere completely different with the movie. This could have been possibly just as good as Marvel’s Endgame. Alas, another one to add to the pile of mediocre movies.


Overall, I give this movie a 4/10. I surely wouldn’t watch again. At least not for the plot. Art is admirable though.


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