I enjoyed Pikachu’s cuteness, his red cheeks and the vibrant yellow of his fur. I remember being relieved when 20 minutes in, I finally heard Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu. Nevertheless, it’s unfortunate that I can’t say I had a good time while watching Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
From director Rob Letterman and set in a world where people collect pocket monsters (Pokémon) to do battle, Pokémon Detective Pikachu focuses on an intelligent monster (Pikachu) who wants to be a detective, and his new lonely friend Tim (Justice Smith).
I must first admit that I never really got into Pokémon as a child and I’m sure this has a little something to do with why I didn’t enjoy Letterman’s film – but only a little something.
In all honesty, I really thought the film would have been funnier. But instead, the main focus is on a troubled father / son relationship resulting in some rather emotional scenes, most of which felt awkward and somehow out of place. Certainly out of place with my expectations at least, but also I feel, out of place with the tone that was set in the trailer.
There’s even a moment where it seemed obvious that the simple removal of a certain item of headgear towards the end, could have prevented a lot of mayhem, but I guess to keep the story moving, the obviousness of that solution seemed to be deliberately ignored.
Overall, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a movie very likely most enjoyed by long time fans of Pokémon. As a non-superfan, I unfortunately think that the script / story needed more work.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Corey Hawkins and Mélanie Laurent, 6 Underground, the latest action / thriller from Michael Bay only kind of found its way after the first hour.
I say ‘found its way’ when what I really mean is, things became most fun to watch past the hour mark. Before then, I was simply left desperate for the character background detail of the six off-the-grid agents focused on eliminating notorious criminals. I was also eagerly waiting to be gripped by everything that was happening.
Eventually, some of the character backstory did come but it certainly wasn’t soon enough or executed in the most satisfying way. The good news is that I did finally stop wanting for things and just got engrossed in all the fun past the hour point; thanks to all the action sequences in Hong Kong, plus everything else that happens after.
Other notable highlights include the opening visuals at the very beginning . I’m quite the sucker for good opening visuals. I also really enjoyed the few seconds later on when Reynolds’s character speaks in a British accent.
Overall, even with one, two or more fairly obvious continuation errors, luckily for me, I don’t find Bay’s movie to be a total waste of time but it definitely did need at least one more story draft.
Should you decide to watch it, maybe hold out for the scenes in Hong Kong, which start at around one hour into the movie.
What is Once Upon A Deadpool? I hear you ask. Simply a PG-13 version of 2018’s Deadpool 2 of course! But it’s not just that – because as confirmed by 20th Century Fox and Ryan Reynolds himself, Fred Savage willthe cast in new scenes in a homage to Savage’s starring role in the 1987 bedtime-story classic The Princess Bride.
Also, for every ticket sold, $1 will go to the charity Fudge Cancer – previously known as F*** Cancer, who have graciously changed their name to be more PG-13 friendly for the 12 days of Once Upon A Deadpool’s release…
I watching for the new scenes and to find out how much fun I’ll have without the R rated content.
Set in a world where people collect pocket monsters (Pokémon) to do battle, Justice Smith (Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom (2018) is a boy who meets an intelligent monster named Pikachu who wants to be a detective.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu is directed by Rob Letterman while Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu…
I personally know of Pikachu but I don’t know much about Pokemon. I’m mostly curious because I rather like Smith; even though I’ve only ever seen him in Jurassic World – Falling Kingdom.
Suki Waterhouse, Bill Nighy, Kathryn Newton, Rita Ora, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, Karan Soni and Kadiff Kirwan also star.
Having been introduced to Deadpool’s story in the 2016 movie, in this David Leitch directed sequel, our favourite wisecracking, foul-mouthed mutant is battling new personal demons, whilst also trying to protect a young boy with untamed super natural abilities.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin and Julian Dennison, Deadpool 2 is very much a fun action movie worth seeing. All the elements that made the first film great, including the humorous dialogue and cool action sequences are present in this sequel. Except that this time we have the addition of some fun new characters, my favourite of them being Domino (Beetz).
What I liked immediately about Deadpool 2 is the James Bond-style opening theme song and accompanying visuals. The second thing I fell in love with was Domino’s general cool factor which had me dreaming about a stand-alone film. Then came the crazy ‘baby legs’ scene followed by the moving moment towards the end. Overall, I’ll probably remember Deadpool 2 most for just being a good action movie and sequel. I’ll also hold it dearly in my heart for reminding me of how beautiful language is, particularly when it introduced me to the phrase ‘prison wallet’ and what it means. And yes, I definitely laughed afresh as I typed the words.
As for the question of whether Deadpool 2 is better than Deadpool? I think they’re both good movies. Though I would add that the original likely has the edge since the style and foul-mouth wisecracking was refreshingly new for the superhero movie genre when it was released.
So… watch it because you loved the first movie and this one is unlikely to disappoint.