POKEMON DE­TEC­TIVE PIKACHU

Bangor Mail - - The Film Review -

★★★★★

(PG) BACK in the dim, dis­tant past (well, the late 1990s for sure), Pokemon was a sim­ple se­ries of trad­ing cards much loved by young chil­dren.

Those in­no­cent days seem long ago. Since then, there have been more than 1,000 tele­vi­sion episodes; a se­ries of video games; the lessthan-in­spir­ing 1998 Pokemon: The First Movie and the world­wide suc­cess of the Pokemon Go game… but now we have a thor­oughly en­joy­able fam­ily romp, a live-ac­tion/an­i­mated hy­brid that is blessed with the smart cast­ing of Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu.

He brings the same wit and en­ergy he shows in the Dead­pool films, which is per­fect given that these days Pikachu is a wise­crack­ing de­tec­tive re­plete with deer­stalker.

He finds him­self team­ing up with 21-year-old Tim (Jus­tice Smith). He’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of his fa­ther, who seems to have been caught up in dodgy Pokemon ex­per­i­ments and is linked with a shady cor­po­ra­tion, run by Bill Nighy.

It is easy to watch fun with Reynolds a livewire blast.

Pikachu, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, and Jus­tice Smith as Tim Good­man

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