The first reviews for “Detective Pikachu,” the first ever live-action “Pokemon” movie, have gone online and have proven better than expected for films of its genre, even if a little soft overall.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has debuted with a 71% rating judged from nearly thirty reviews. Ryan Reynolds’ casting has been highly praised, but the reaction varies from it being labelled ‘outright strange’ to ‘not milking its bizarre premise enough’. Here’s a sampling:
“Its box office should demonstrate fans’ hunger for a more robust big-screen version of the Pokémon universe, while the disappointment needn’t dissuade another team from coming along and doing it right.” – Peter Debruge
“The inspired casting of the Deadpool actor transforms this from an average Pokémon movie into fun family fare. 3/5” – Steve Rose, The Guardian
“Compared with most modern blockbusters, Detective Pikachu is contained, almost small, in its ambitions. But that’s a relief, allowing viewers, among them nostalgic millennials and children, to bask in the charm of a Pokémon-filled environment.” – Esther Zuckerman , Thrillist
“he main problem is that the film’s gumball-mayhem plot is so frenetic that it’s impossible to determine if it makes a lick of sense.” – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
“Both overstuffed and underwritten, making it seem simultaneously ambitious and lazy, frenzied and sluggish.” –
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
“Detective Pikachu” opens in cinemas on May 10th.