From animation to computer generated imagery, Pikachu takes the lead in his own movie in “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,” which hit rental outlets this week.
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim (Justice Smith, “Paper Towns” and “Every Day”) to find out what happened.
Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool” and “The Proposal”): a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.
Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery.
According to IMDb trivia, the realistic style of the Pokémon were based on the artwork by RJ Palmer. The movie’s production designer discovered him while he was looking for realistic Pokémon designs on the internet, and he was so impressed by Palmer’s artwork that he gave him a job as the concept artist for the movie.
Other actors in the film include Ken Watanabe (“Godzilla” and “Inception”) as Lieutenant Hide Yoshida and Kathryn Newton (“Blockers” and “Big Little Lies”) as Lucy Stevens.
With a critic’s rating of just 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, their consensus is that the film “may not take its wonderfully bizarre premise as far as it could have, but this offbeat adaptation should catch most — if not all — of the franchise’s fans.”
But audiences seemed to like it more than the critics. Their score on Rotten Tomatoes is 81 percent.
Directed by Rob Letterman, the film is rated PG for action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor, and thematic elements.
Other movies that came to rental outlets this week include:
n “Poms,” directed by Zara Hayes and staring Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier and Celia Weston. Martha (Keaton) moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, Sheryl, Olive and Alice, proving that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
This film is rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references.
n “The Curse of La Llorona,” directed by Michael Chaves and staring Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez and Marisol Ramirez. In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night - and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.
This film is rated R for violence and terror.
The synopsis for each of these movies is from rottentomatoes.com.