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Review: Detective Pikachu (2019)

May 14, 2019

Where to start? For my first review in years, it’s appropriate that the movie I’m reviewing is one that takes me all the way back to my first memories at the movies, when I was 7 seeing Pokemon: The First Movie on the big screen. I’m going to come right out and say it, I love Detective Pikachu, directed by Rob Letterman, and I think I’m ready to call it my favorite film for all of 2019. Don’t misunderstand, though, one can love something that isn’t objectively great — for example, Detective Pikachu.

I really want to end this review on a high note, so I’m going to get the bad stuff out of the way first; Ryan Reynolds carried this movie by himself, virtually every other actor among the main cast phoned it in. It’s not that these actors are bad actors — they’re not — they just universally seemed disinterested in their roles. In addition, the plot wasn’t really smart or clever. Detective Pikachu talks a lot about feelings, but no one’s going to be crying from this movie, unlike the waterworks that Pokemon: The First Movie inspired.

And that’s really all the bad stuff. And while that may seem like some really bad stuff, the movie knocked it out of the park in every other area, to the point where my above criticisms are minor at best.

The team behind the design of the Pokemon nailed it. If you were to talk to me when I was 7, this is how I would’ve imagined Pokemon on real life. Maybe not down to the detail, but everything generally about how the Pokemon look and act, and how they fit into our world. It’s clear that they spent a significant amount of time (and probably a significant amount of resources) translating those cartoons into something that looks real and believable to anyone who grew up with Pokemon. It’s really impressive.

Ryan Reynolds really deserves a lot of credit; I mentioned above that he carried this movie by himself, but it’s more accurate to say that he saved the movie. His performance as the Detective Pikachu is fantastic, it’s funny, it’s hyper, it’s sweet, it’s everything you would expect and want out of Ryan Reynolds. And in this case, it’s clear that he was having a lot of fun, which goes a long way towards helping the audience have a lot of fun.

I’ve mentioned Pokemon: The First Movie a couple times now, and Detective Pikachu actually references events from that movie. Detective Pikachu and Pokemon: The First Movie are canon with each other! That’s crazy and awesome and makes me love the movie so much more.

I don’t believe that movies have to be objectively great to be praised. Sometimes getting psyched to see characters you’ve loved for more than two decades visualized in a realistic and entertaining way is enough. There’s a lot of value in things that can take you back to moments of your past that you treasure. It’s an experience that, in my view, is more inspiring than an Oscar-worthy performance.

There’s a lot of millennials out there who, like me, have fond childhood memories of Pokemon. If you’re one of those, I don’t think it’s a question — YES you should see Detective Pikachu! If you’re not one of those millennials, I’d bet you’ll still find yourself entertained, but perhaps not with the glee that I have.

Detective Pikachu is in theatres now, go check it out!

13: I Remember When There Were 151

January 8, 2013

1. Apple Making A Low-Cost iPhone?

We’ve been hearing this for years, that Apple is going to make a cheap version of the iPhone for people who can’t afford the version with premium components. That’s a mistake in my mind, as Apple doesn’t have a tendency to create stuff that its executives wouldn’t use personally; a cheap iPhone would fall into that category.

If Apple is making a “cheaper” iPhone, it would be an iPhone nano. Much smaller, thinner, lighter, fully aluminum and available in a variety of colors. $99 off contract and highly ideal to pre-paid buyers. Think of the current iPod nano but with some phone components built-in.

2. Overkill

The next Human Centipede flick will feature a chain of 500 humans connected via orifices. This franchise is becoming so absurd that it isn’t even an insult to cinema anymore.

3. Warner Bros. Embraces Animation

While Warner Bros. has produced animated flicks in the past — Happy Feet Two, that Owl movie, etc — it hasn’t attacked the genre as other large studios have. Starting in 2014, however, expect to see one animated flick from Warner Bros. per year.

Given its history, however, don’t think that this means that Warner Bros. plans to churn out good animated flicks.

4. Pokemon X And Y

One day Nintendo will make a MMORPG “Pokémon World”. Until then, though, the trailer for the upcoming Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, makes me want a Nintendo 3DS. The gameplay looks pretty incredible* and I’d wager that Nintendo has another winner on its hands.

Pokémon X and Y will be released worldwide sometime in October.

*I have, as of this writing, watched the trailer five times.

5. 500 Days In A (Simulated) Mars Mission

While it’s disconcerting that a 500 day simulated mission to Mars causes sleep problems, it’s fascinating to wonder when we’ll make the actual journey.

6. Nokia Open To Android

It’s good that Nokia is keeping an open mind about alternative platforms, but it seems to me that the reason Nokia is even slightly relevant is that it’s Microsoft’s premier partner with Windows Phone. Giving up that position to be just another phone manufacturer could be unwise.

7. Dish Wants Clear

Dish Networks is offering to purchase Clearwire for $5.15 billion. Unfortunately, Clearwire has a strong partnership with Sprint which basically kills the entire idea of a buyout. But this is certainly fun to think about.

Disclaimer: I used to be employed by Clearwire, although I did almost nothing for the company.

8. Who Woulda Thought: Robert Pattison And Kristen Stewart Like Mexican Food!

You have to love the gossiping media.

via @cambio on Twitter

9. Virtual Assassins

I’m not sure if this is good parenting or bad parenting: Instead of taking away his son’s computer, a Chinese man hired expert gamers to assassinate his son in the online games that he plays to discourage him from playing.

More or less a WTF of the Day.

via @sidewaysburnout on Twitter

10. Age Appropriate

One of the silly arguments which I got into on Twitter a while ago was whether or not it’s socially acceptable to like Pokémon as an adult. My argument: Hell to the yes. His argument: Hell to the no. With the Pokémon X and Y announcement, it’s appropriate to revisit that discussion.

So is it socially acceptable for adults to pick up Pokémon X or Y in October?

Hell to the yes.

Most of my fondest gaming memories involve the Pokémon games. While I haven’t been to one in a few years, I’ve attended Pokémon conventions as a little kid and as a young adult, and the audience at the conventions I’ve attended range from pre-teens to middle-aged adults.

Pokémon — be it the video games, trading card games, or TV shows — transcends age. As it’s okay to like Cinnamon Toast Crunch as an adult it’s okay to like Pokémon as an adult. Fun things aren’t restricted to minors and the idea that it’s not socially acceptable to have fun is absurd.

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