This movie could’ve been a disaster. Movies based on video games tend not to be great, and adaptations of different animes also don’t seem to win plenty of fans over. But somehow, Pokémon Detective Pikachu manages to not only be watchable, but also fun(ish)?

Let’s face it, it has something to do with Ryan Reynolds and his “performance” as Pikachu, where somehow it just works for him to be this big, yellow, ball of fluff and sarcasm.

This movie is not GREAT by any means, but I don’t think you will regret watching it either. It’s a good movie for the entire family, where if you grew up with the original Pokémon TV show, you might rate this slightly higher. Even now, while writing this review I’m not sure how I will rate this movie.

On one hand, it’s a nice, clean, family movie, with pleasant run time, good casting and pretty good mystery. I also liked what they’ve done with Mewtwo. On the other hand, the true Pokémon fans will probably be disappointed we didn’t get to see any proper battle, the obvious bad guy was fairly obvious from the very beginning and now, a mere day later, I can only recall one pretty good sequence that stood out (not going to spoil it, let’s just say really, really big Pokémons might have something to do with that).

It’s also a never good sign where you’re trying to write a review for a movie and struggling to come up with anything, as the movie isn’t great, but it also isn’t terrible, it just IS.

I feel like given everything I’ve said, I now know how I’m going to rate this film, but I need to stress out, I was surprised by this film, as I’ve expected this to be way, way worse than this. If you’re looking for something decent to watch, you might like Pokémon Detective Pikachu, just don’t expect anything more from it than a decent movie with really cute and fluffy Pikachu, voiced by the always reliable (at least over the past 5/6 years) Ryan Reynolds.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

That’s all for this one? What did you think? Do you think there will be a sequel? Let me know!

Until next time,

Luke