POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU
By Mary Cox
If you are not a Pokemon aficionado, you will probably be lost in this movie. I was. I knew who Pikachu was but that was the limit of my knowledge and I had trouble following this film. A young girl in the audience told me that there was so much in the film that was known to Pokemon followers.
I thought the CGI (Computer generated Imagery) was terrific. Pikachu was so damned cute and his fur looked real. And, they moved mountains that put the lead actors in peril.
Detective Harry Goodman has either been killed or is missing. His estranged 21-year-old son, Tim, (Justice Smith) needs to find out what happened to his father. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu. Finding that they are able to talk with one another, when other Pokemon and humans can’t, Tim and Pikachu join forces. They are aided in their search by Journalist Lucy Stevens, (Kathryn Newton). Howard Clifford, (Bill Nighy) is the villain in the piece.
“Pokemon Detective Pikachu” was directed by Rob Letterman and the script was written by Don Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman and Derek Connolly based on the story by Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit and Nicole Perlman. The screenplay was based on Pokemon created by Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori, and Junichi with characters by Atsuko and the original story by Tomokazu Ohara and Haruka Utsui.
This is a fun story for Pokemon lovers but for the rest of us very confusing. I think that little kids will love the colors and the Pokemon characters but most adults will shake their heads in wonder.