Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)

pokemon-detective-pikachu-2019-movie-posterDirector: Rob Letterman

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 104 Minutes

Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe

Plot: Tim’s father has passed away, and whilst going through his possessions at his apartment in Rhyme City, he discovers a talking Pikachu who claims to be a world class detective with amnesia. The two pair up to work out what happened to Pikachu.

My Thoughts: It finally happened! We got a good video game adaptation! Not only a good adaptation…a brilliant one! Who on earth would have thought it would be Detective Pikachu, when it was announced 2 years ago? Even as a huge Ryan Reynolds fan I scoffed at the idea. A real-life Pokemon movie is something the grown-up fans have been dreaming of for years, and it’s finally here.

I’ll admit, I think anyone watching this with little or no exposure to Pokemon beforehand will struggle to love it – but let’s face it, the movie isn’t for them. It’s for the kids who are playing it currently, and the adults who grew up with it. One of it’s greatest features is all the Pokemon included, in both bigger roles and brief cameos. In fact, half of the fun is spotting them all, especially in Rhyme City where Pokemon live as humans do. There’s a team of Squirtles helping our the fire department, a Jigglypuff singing someone to sleep in a bar, an anxious Psyduck prone to dangerous headaches…and so many more!

They’ve cleverly included Pokemon from all generations too, so there’s a Pokemon for everyone! There are loads of inside jokes that the fans will pick up instantly, and an awful lot of rather adult jokes that I hope fly over the kid’s heads!

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The mystery involved isn’t anything complex, and there’s no Shyamalan-style twist, but it’s not entirely predictable, either. It gets a little messy towards the end too but that’s just me being picky because honestly, I loved every minute. I’m not sure the ending was open to a sequel, but I hope the movie does well enough for the powers that be to consider another Pokemon-related movie! I’ll be first in the queue for tickets.

Best Bit: Part of it was in the trailers, but the scene with Mr. Mime was brilliant. Him miming out his invisible wall was funny enough, especially when Tim ‘opens the door’ to get inside, but when Mr. Mime still wouldn’t answer their questions? Things got dark. Things got very dark, very fast! Our whole screen was doing this ‘did that actually just happen?’ kind of laugh!

Worst Bit: I mentioned before, the ending just gets a little bit messy, but what’s really cool is that it’s linked quite closely to the original Pokemon movie from 20 years ago.

Fun Trivia: The day before the film’s theatrical release, the entire movie was “leaked” onto YouTube. In reality, clicking this video will play a minute of the film, before cutting to a loop of Pikachu dancing for an hour and forty-five minutes.

My Rating: 4 and a half cups of freshly brewed coffee which Detective Pikachu is completely addicted to. He can stop at any time, though.

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Blockers (2018)

blockers-movie-poster-review-2018Director: Kay Cannon

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 102 Minutes

Main Cast: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Graham Phillips, Miles Robbins, Jimmy Bellinger

Plot: Three parents try to stop their teenage daughters from having sex on prom night after making a pact to all lose their virginity.

My Thoughts: I remember seeing the first trailer for Blockers, and just shaking my head knowing that it would be another of 2018’s terrible comedies. I didn’t even give it a second thought after that until recently when everyone I know seems to have seen it and loved it! That was enough for me to give it a go and see what the fuss was about. Whilst it’s not going to be in my Top 10 of 2018 anytime soon, it was so much better than it had any right to be.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, including one scene in particular which introduced me to an activity I’d never heard of before, ‘butt chugging’. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. I also got to feel like the old person I am discovering that all these emoji’s have hidden meanings. Who knew, eh!

On a serious note though, the story did drag a bit for me towards the end but it really is a decent comedy, and actually has a lot of heartfelt moments which tied in nicely, rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. If you’re looking for something fun to watch this weekend, you could do a lot worse than giving this a go.

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Best Bit: John Cena and Ike Barinholtz sneaking their way into a house and accidentally taking part in a rather rude game involving blindfolds. I wanted to look away in horror but my eyes were glued to the screen!

Worst Bit: Realising that I have a daughter and that this movie may become reality for me in the future…

Fun Trivia: The backyard party scenes were filmed using the same set/location as Fences (2016), including the fence built by Denzel Washington’s character.
(I stopped reading any more trivia after spotting this because I just found it so hilarious!)

My Rating: 3 and a half out of 5 eggplant emojis which I hope I’ve never sent to anyone not realising what they really mean…

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