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Detective Pikachu Review Roundup: Here’s What the Top Reviewers Have to Say

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    Detective Pikachu Movie

    Detective Pikachu comes out as the latest Pokemon movie to hit the screens. Having released earlier this weekend, the movie is expected to be one of the biggest hits among the fans of the franchise. The production of this movie which stars Deadpool star Ryan Renolds as Pikachu started off in 2017 and it has finally come out now.

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    Are you wondering if it is worth your time and money to watch this movie? Let us take a closer look at what some of the world’s top reviewers have been saying about the film:

    Detective Pikachu Reviews

    This is the first live-action/animation film in the history of the Pokemon franchise. The series has had a number of hit movies in the past, but this time around, we get to see a whole new perspective into the pokemon movies. These pocket monsters have never looked as real as they do in this movie.

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    Ryan Renolds is the voice of Pikachu and his motion capture was also used to create the movements of the titular character. While the movie is a delight to watch given that there are so many pokemon that appear every now and then, it sort of lacks a proper story. However, we get a feeling that ‘story’ wasn’t exactly the point of this movie.

    What Top Reviewers Have to Say

    Review from Gamespot

    “Detective Pikachu should prove enjoyable for any and all Pokemon fans, young or old. It presents fun answers to the fantasy of what life would be like if Pokemon were real. It introduces new wrinkles to the world of Pokémon, although not all of them completely work. Still, as the first official live-action trip to the world of Pokemon, Detective Pikachu presents characters I want to see again and a setting I’d like to return to.”

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    Review from IGN

    “Despite the film industry’s resistance to video game movies, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu has landed a critical hit. Sure, not everything goes off without a hitch, but the lifelike Pokemon provide a nonstop stream of delights to make the weaker aspects of the movie forgivable. Smith’s character gives the story an emotional weight and Reynolds delivers an endearing comedic performance that’s closer to his subversive Deadpool schtick than you’d expect. While video game movies haven’t had the best track record, this movie is by and far the best example of how to do one right.”

    Review from Variety

    Though consistent with the game, the story doesn’t allow nearly enough Pokemon-related action, while the quality of the computer animation falls far short of the basic level of competency audiences have come to expect from effects movies.

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    Review from The Wrap

    “Is there a Pokemon whose power is to move through your eyeballs and brain and then leave absolutely no impression? Because that was my experience of watching Detective Pikachu, a CGI-heavy live-action/animation hybrid based on the popular game-anime-manga franchise (and specifically on the eponymous Nintendo game).”

    Review from Polygon

    Detective Pikachu’s greatest strength isn’t in the story, plot, or acting. It’s a children’s movie where there are good guys, and there are bad guys.The biggest compliment I can give Detective Pikachu is that it didn’t take long for me to wish I could live in it.

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    Review from The Guardian

    Without Reynolds this would be pretty run-of-the-mill; with him it’s a perfectly acceptable family movie. Given the history, that’s a giant leap for Pokémon-kind.

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