Why did Detective Pikachu get a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes?
During my browse on the HBO app, I saw several movies that I had already watched and didn’t care to revisit. Just as I was about to exit the app, Detective Pikachu showed up on my screen, and I gave in.
I’d heard about the movie, read some mixed reviews in the form of tweets, but I never watched it because I grew up on Pokemon, and no matter how entertaining Ryan Reynolds is, I couldn’t bring myself to go to the theater for this film.
But, as I mentioned now, it’s available on HBO, of course, I gave it a watch.
The first 15 minutes of the movie were a little bit slow, but not in a bad way. We saw an event that leads to a reaction, and that reaction began a journey between boy and Pokemon.
That is as vague as I get in this review of Detective Pikachu, so please note that spoilers are below this line.
We meet Tim, who travels to Ryme City because his estranged father was in a fatal accident. When Tim gets to the city, he plans to say his goodbyes and go back to live with his grandmother as an insurance salesman. However, at his father’s apartment, Pikachu finds Tim, reveals himself as his Pokemon partner, and together they try to find out where his dad is because he’s not really dead.
This film was enjoyable. Plus, there was a purpose for everything. Everything in the movie was revisited and played a part in the climax of the film at the end. For instance, we watched Pokemon turn psychotic after they inhaled the purple smoke, and at the end of the movie, you find out that allows for the human transfer. You also see Howard Clifford merge with Mewtwo, which tips you off that Tim’s father was inside of Pikachu.
Also, I must say that besides Pikachu, Psyduck was the most enjoyable Pokemon in the film. It was also refreshing to see Mewtwo have positive motives from the beginning of the movie. Usually, Mewtwo is trying to destroy the human race, like in the 1998 movie ‘Pokemon: The First Movie”. This time he was already convinced that humans could be redeemed, which is why Pikachu is sent to Tim in the first place.
I appreciated this film for its comedy and cohesive story. Give this movie a watch if you have some time on your hands.