Posted on May 11, 2019, 12:21 PM IST
Pokémon Detective Pikachu : A Psychedelic Trip
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, and Billy Nighy
Director: Rob Letterman
Our rating: *** ½
As we tucked in with popcorn and chilled drinks, we couldn’t help but notice the school holiday season had all the parents and children thronging to watch their favorite Pokémon’s in action. The impatience displayed by little fans was evident when one of them innocently asked his mother “Are we in the right show, I can see only adults here.” We helplessly stifled a giggle. But soon realized that the kid will be highly disappointed to know that this is not a cutie-patootie Pokémon movie.
The start focuses on an insurance agent Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) bullied into owning a Pokémon as a companion by his best friend. But to his despair and bad luck, he doesn’t find a sweet Pokémon friend. Soon he receives news that his estranged father, Harry Goodman (Ryan Reynolds) has passed away in a car crash. He returns after years to his father’s apartment to gather courage, memories and sentiments. With no intentions of knowing the reason behind his father’s sudden demise Tim plans to move on with his life.When he is packing up his past emotionally Pikachu appears out of nowhere. Tim is shocked to know that he can understand the adorable “Pika, pika.”
Detective Pikachu offers to help Tim to find his father, the two set out on a wrong foot. But as the bond progresses they learn to have faith in each other. There is an intern reporter friend Lucy Stevens (Katryn Newton) and her delightful Psych Duck who join them in their quest. It takes them into the mind of a psychic inventor and founder of an iconic city that allows its residents to live side-by-side with Pokémon’s. Now what is it that is happening under the streets of this super-city that got Tim’s father killed? This sinister sci-fi plan is the harrowing find of intelligent sleuth Pikachu and his human friends. They have to race against time to save humanity and the lives of other Pokémon’s.
The film is certainly not for kiddies, but rather a psychedelic experience for Pokémon fans. It has a twisted sense of story-telling and very avant- garde in the making. Not brilliant, not extraordinary, not groundbreaking, but likewise not very tough. It doesn't leave you at the edge of your seat, but also wasn't really boring.
CGI was astounding, though at times the actors looked awkward interacting with the Pokémon’s. The plotline seemed rushed and needed a leisurely reveal instead. It also seems complicated to explain an elaborate sci-fi plot within such limited time.
Spoiler Alert: We have already revealed the climax in the review. If you are a super sleuth try and find it!