Pokémon was one of the last great franchises of the 20th century. It started as a video game for Game Boy in 1996 and since then there have been few years without the release of any new installments and the number of creatures has skyrocketed above 800. In addition, the creation of Satoshi Tajiri has also made the leap to the Television and the big screen on several occasions, although so far always in animated versions.
That will change thanks to ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’, a Warner production that mixes the real image with computer-generated animation to get humans and Pokémon to star in an adventure destined to sweep the box office. For our part, we enjoyed it, partly because we already felt appreciation for the franchise, but we also think it is a good entertainment and the best movie based on a video game released to date.
Our fear with ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ was to find something as deficient as ‘Pokémon: The Movie’, especially its outcome because there is even some point in common.
On that occasion, the concessions to the fans ended uploading the film, but in ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ is an additive instead of a reason for being. It is very grateful to see a multitude of them in the background and there is a bit of play for the viewer to try to locate all those who appear in the film, while those creatures that come to the forefront do so to make some small joke for the story to progress in some way.
Rob Letterman, who had already demonstrated remarkable handling of the ninety nostalgia in 'Nightmares', never allows the rhythm to decline, but he does allow those little details that can conquer the heart of the fan-like seeing Jigglypuff singing form part of the ecosystem of the film naturally. There, perhaps the only downside is that the way to translate the original designs of some of the sins of the creature of digital excesses, but it is a punctual thing.
The most common is that one simply creates the interactions between humans and Pokémon no matter how much only Pikachu can speak. There the signing of Ryan Reynolds is an indisputable success since he obviously has to maintain a more familiar approach than he did 'Deadpool', but he manages to give Pikachu the right spark not only so that he does not get tired, but so that he seduces his viewer.
That said, 'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu' works much better when betting on the comic and light, giving us very nice moments like the interrogation of Mr. Mime, leaving everything to flow and getting the case to progress without affecting us to believe it might be possible. Then there are times when it is time to get serious and there the baggage is more unequal, achieving a necessary balance as in the part of the illegal fighting, but as it progresses there are more and more hits.
In fact, the climax is the least interesting part of the movie. It works very well on a visual level and there are specific moments in which it is possible to provoke the emotion sought in the spectator —the fight against the villain's lackey—, but in general terms there is a feeling that this big bet does not translate into that very good entertainment that we had been given before. Luckily, it does not fall into ridiculous tear excesses, but it looks for something that it does not quite achieve.
In short, ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ is not a great movie, since it has a series of small problems that are quite evident. In return, it has many virtues that allow it to become an effective adventure that leaves you wanting to return to this universe. As long as it is done, no fault to make the sequels they want.