POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU
(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