Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Warner Bros.

We end with, to us, the best of the best movies based on video games. It’s another adaptation we will admit we were heavily skeptical about. The trailer did it no favors. It was mostly Pikachu, as voiced by Ryan Reynolds, doing “Ryan Reynolds” riffing. A full movie of that would have been a chore.

Fortunately, it is not that, and also Reynolds is quite good as Pikachu (even his riffing works better in the overarching picture). They crafted a world where humans and Pokemon live together that feels detailed and clever. It is a bit funny here and there, with a story that justifies itself from start to finish. Detective Pikachu is more than just an excuse to have Pikachu running around in a deerstalker. It’s a movie that shows you how you can do a proper video game adaptation.

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