This Movie Review is my personal opinion. I realize that everyone has unique preferences and sensitivities that may or may not align with mine and how we raise our highly impressionable daughter. My intent for my spoiler-free movie reviews is to help you make the best decision whether your young-at-heart family would enjoy or appreciate movies with ‘on the cusp’ dialogue and themes.
Do you remember the shock, thrill and amazement you felt when you watched any of the dinosaurs appear in your first JURASSIC PARK movie? THAT is exactly how in awe my daughter and I were, in POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. The Pokémon came to life, right in front of our eyes. We instantly forgot that we were watching a fictitious world.
My whole family is pretty big fans of the Pokemon World: hubby and I play Pokémon Go obsessively, my husband (‘Professor Oak’) is also the Pokémon Club Faculty Adviser at his university, and my daughter has grown up with WiiU games, toys, and clothes with many of the Pokémon characters. We were mesmerized and highly impressed when we first saw the trailer:
My husband and I were extra excited when we immediately recognized the voice of Pikachu as our favorite anti-hero, Deadpool/Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds has a very specific sense of humor, which is perfect for the R-rated character of Deadpool. But how would his inappropriate wit translate to the cuddly, adorable PG-character, Pikachu?
Unfortunately, we were not impressed with the story. And all the best jokes and scenes were in the trailer. As much as we were fanatically impressed with the realistic-looking Pokémon, the disappointing plot and Reynolds uncomfortably awkward Pikachu comments left us with a bad taste throughout the movie.
Ryan Reynolds stars in the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure as Pikachu, the fuzzy iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon. The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, which prompts his 21-year-old son Tim (Justice Smith) to investigate.
Aiding in the search is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds): a hilariously wise-cracking and adorable super-sleuth. They quickly discover their unique bond – Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu! They join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery.
As they chase clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City – a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world -they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
According to Stella Rating: Family Viewing Disclaimer (1/low – 5/high scale)
POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU has an MPAA rating of PG for action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor, and thematic elements. Considering Pikachu’s snarky comments, the underground world of drugs and illegal fights and some of the more intense characters and battle sequences, I give POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU the following rating:
- 0 – SEX/NUDITY
- 2 – VIOLENCE/GORE
- 1 – PROFANITY
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