Pokémon Detective Pikachu Teen Review

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Now that the boys are older I always ask them if they want to attend media screenings (where you get to see the movie a bit early in order to facilitate a review) with me to review movies. I wasn’t sure if they’d want to see Pokémon Detective Pikachu but they both said “yes!” right away. Both boys like Pokémon, collected cards when they were younger, and still like and play different games on their DS or Nintendo Switch so they were excited to see how the movie played out. Here’s what we all thought.

Detective Pikachu movie poster

Pokémon Detective Pikachu Synopsis

Ryan Reynolds stars in the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim (Justice Smith) to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds): a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémonuniverse.

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu Teen Review from Parker

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a really fun comedy-mystery set in the Pokémon universe. At first glance, some might be wary that they won’t be able to understand parts of the movie if they’ve had little experience with Pokémon, but it’s really quick to get into and understand for a fun ride. The effects and CGI are awesome and the movie as a whole is a really good time.

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu Teen Review from Colton

Pokémon Detective Pikachu, in my opinion, was an excellent movie. The plot/storyline was easy to follow. An upside, since some people might have been worried about knowing everything about Pokémon to enjoy the movie, is that the writers did a good job on explaining key points in the story that everyone might not have understood. The design of the Pokémon featured was outstanding as well.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu Teen Review from someone who doesn’t know much about Pokémon

I did ask the boys a few questions during the movie but if I would have given it a little time I would have figured out the answers on my own (besides specific random Pokémon names). Since I am vaguely familiar I had some idea what a Pokémon trainer was but that knowledge wasn’t really needed to enjoy the film. It was fun, had a unique story, and ended up being more entertaining than I thought. Are you going to understand every single thing in the movie? Probably not. Will you understand enough to follow along? I did! Pikachu is absolutely adorable and I loved Justice Smith in this. I think it’s worth seeing with the kids ESPECIALLY if they’re already Pokémon fans!

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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