Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy
Director: Rob Letterman
Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes
Action | Adventure | Comedy | 2019
I remember in elementary school when Pokemon first came out. Just like I am today, I had the mentality not to jump on the bandwagon just because my friends were doing it… alas though, I jumped on the bandwagon. So many memories of having fun collecting cards and “battling” with my brother and our neighbors along with watching the shows and eventually convincing our parents to take us to see the movies when they came out. Quite honestly, I don’t know if I just grew up or if the fad ran out until now. With the release of pokemon go, I feel like the hype started all over again and it was perfectly timed to the age group of those who remember being a pokemon guru almost twenty years ago.
As for the movie, I really enjoyed it. I kind of wish I remembered all the pokemon from when I was little, but it didn’t take away from the fact that this movie was totally adorable, fun to watch, and had a good adventure plot all while explaining to the audience what pokemon are if they didn’t already know. I particularly liked the part with him in the train watching an informational video on the topic of Ryme city - it’s so much better than having to read history facts on a blank screen, which is far too common in films these days.
Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu and I think he does a fantastic job alongside Justice Smith who plays the son of Pikachu’s detective partner. The two go out on an adventure to solve the crimes and hopefully prove once and for all that his father isn’t dead. I also really liked Kathryn Newton in the role of investigator love interest. I thought the little comedic lines were perfectly placed and effective. Though this movie is obviously geared towards the younger crowd (it’s rated PG), I found myself giggling at the little lines meant for the adults as well as the lines meant for the children (I just love myself some good children’s jokes don’t you?).
I can begin to tell you that the way the pokemon are portrayed in this movie is absolutely adorable. When I was little I never thought of them being cuddly and cute, but it totally works for the film. And watching each one have their own personality along with watching their powers comes to life were fantastic effects - particularly the scene with the two characters trying to escape the research facility - now that was exciting.
All the reminiscing kind of makes me want to watch those original animated movies I loved when I was a kid and see if my mom still has all our cards that we collected. It also kind of makes me want to buy a pikachu stuffed animal for a little boy who’s turning 3 next month… this might be his birthday present. I don’t see why the hopefully new franchise won’t capitalize on profits by creating stuffed animals am I right? I’m going to give this movie a “loved it.” It was just so much fun to watch and if you have a family (or are like me and just like family movies) I definitely recommend going to see this movie when it’s release on May 10. (9/10).
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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