Pokémon: Detective Pikachu might not have fully broken the video game movie curse, but it’s certainly got more going for it than against. Yes, the human characters are mostly flat, the plot is convoluted and the tone spins off at random times, but overall it’s a solid movie - especially if you love Pokémon.
If you go to watch this without much knowledge of the franchise, the film won’t do you any favours except tell you the names of the creatures. Whether you’re a hardcore fan or just along for the ride though, make no mistake: the Pokémon are the stars of the show.
With that in mind, the movie tries to incorporate as many as they can. Around 60 of the 800+ ‘mons feature, with about half to a third getting any kind of role beyond a bit of a background gag.
They all shine in their own way, but these ten in particular really shine. The filmmakers clearly understand Pokémon and make use of their unique powers, which makes it all the better.
It’s certainly a movie that’ll mean more to dedicated fans, but after 20 years, the franchise has built up quite a few of those.