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Pikachu is one of the most adorable, well-known characters in entertainment. Now, combine that with the vulgar, hilarious enigma that is Ryan Reynolds to create the most anticipated film of 2019.
“Detective Pikachu” will star Ryan Reynolds as the dangerously cute Pikachu, alongside Justice Smith who most recently was in “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.” Despite hesitation from many regarding the casting choice, I do not think there could be anyone better to play Pikachu, especially with Reynolds coming off the extreme success of both “Deadpool” films.
As the film’s first trailer progresses, there are more and more shots of hyper-realistic CGI Pokemon, including Mr. Mime, Jigglypuff and a pack of Bulbasaurs. Given these shots, it seems the film will be leaning more towards the original 151 Pokemon from 1998. Though the characters feel different because of their new looks, their realistic designs work because they are better assimilated to the real world this way.
From what the trailer has given us, the story for the film follows Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, a young adult that has given up on his dreams to become a Pokemon trainer. This new take on the franchise feels like it will be a breath of fresh air, following a character that has already failed, rather than following a character that wants to/will eventually reach their goal.
Disregarding the fears of fans that this will hurt the franchise, the film will definitely find that spark that caused “Pokemon Go” to spread like wildfire in 2016. The film’s ability to go in directions that divert from its original works will help bring a new narrative to the series that will lure audiences new and old to the franchise.