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Pokémon Detective Pikachu
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The world of PokĂ (C)mon has been ventured numerous times across different regions with a continuous cycle that we're pretty much accustomed to when it comes to a story, especially when starring a certain young protagonist and his iconic partner. Now, the medium faces its own evolution into live-action but with the right story in order to avoid the curse that struck Dragon Ball and "Avatar: The Last Airbender" without gambling for the luck that "Bleach" experienced last year, and as a chance to freshen up the familiar world's considerable expansion for the main narrative lore. Very unique and unexpected, going far as something different to reveal a weird feeling within, "Detective Pikachu" succeeds in solving the mystery of what curses the associated genres with qualities as improved clues that work in building something delightful though sometime positively predictable.

The new central protagonist 21-year-old Tim Goodman, who lost faith in pursuing his former passion and simultaneously estranged with his now questionably missing ace detective father Harry, finds his world caught in a ticking mystery yet to solve when a Pikachu starts speaking to him. But it's not just any Pikachu, the wise-cracking, adorable small detective was Harry's former PokĂ (C)mon partner, only to be led to believe that due to being himself puzzled over the case. The two becomes partners in solving whatever lurking in the shadows where humans and PokĂ (C)mon are living side-by-side in harmonious Rhyme City where there are clues that leads into uncovering a plot that could threaten the very peaceful co-existence beyond the skyscraping perimeters.

"Detective Pikachu" is mostly standard with stock characterization and formulaic elements in the multimedia franchise's full-on clash with the mystery genre respectively. So it at times becomes predictable with the surprising twists being correctly guessed before the unveiling while the positive effect remains intact. That turnout of said effect goes the same with the characterization, namely the companioning human leads being typically likable when aligning with the anime's types with the obvious source of antagonistic force matching the crime syndicates' pursuit and mentality. Besides the roaming humanity, the background knowledgeable aspects and battle sequences that pushes the story further are what really makes this a PokĂ (C)mon show, especially when being nicely balanced in the very well-designed transformation for the unlimited species' interactions (a speaking descriptive volume on the world), with retained personas and appeals, in this cinematic presentation that would usually prove troublesome budget-wise.

Leading the "investigation" is Ryan Reynolds' charismatically comedic vocal performance in the titular character being a genuine highlight, as well an invitation for newcomers to get through a PokĂ (C)mon film. Fans of the videogame the film is based on petitioned Danny DeVito to voice the detective, but when they see the film they would find Reynolds more accepting and why DeVito wouldn't quite fit. Joining the electric mouse type with the only accessible communication is Justice Smith as Tim, before befriending Kathryn Newton's character Lucy who is also looking for conspicuous answers also makes appealing efforts in their performances.

The satisfying fulfillment of likely imagining the anime's definitive soul as live-action is what makes "Detective Pikachu" a delight when it all comes to life despite narrowed down to the independent setting away from the usual certainness. Its main association with the mystery genre may be a bit below average considering the predictability in most of the revelations, only slightly affecting the maintained value that still typically works. In addition, it's practically fun for everyone from fans to newcomers with something to offer in delight, entertainment and, like in the anime films, agreeably sweet with a heartening resolve. (B+)

Planes: Fire And Rescue
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Impressive on how well it turned out to be. It was very well made - even though it was formulaic to make some points predictable - when dedicated to our everyday heroes by showing how the rescuing jobs are done while being very well animated on the processes. It turned out to be better than what to expect from it when it was lacking the enjoyment of the "Cars" films. But it has more connections to those roots than its predecessor when it only had a few connections. (B+)

The Lovely Bones
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Lord of the Rings director tried out another book with his imaginative, visionary flair to only little to impress when the film's a hard one by the negative energy that grows as the film progresses, resolved in a somewhat satisfying way. Although, going through all that is the nice performances of Wahlberg and Ronan as their characters showed the "unlimited" strength of a father-daughter relationship. (B)

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A charming reminder that a singular day in life into the evening narrative, through a teenage perspective, always pleases with excellent, round chemistry by the leads' performances in adjunct to the bolstering elegance in music that tunes up the sweetness between the bond and shared metaphorical playlist. (B+)

Transsiberian (2008)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Really communicates the warning signs of territorial tensity from the simplistic impression of stranger danger to an escalating tense, ridiculously complicated situation when more of an unknown baggage gets unwillingly uncovered, becoming an atmospheric, calmingly stressful, minimally subtle thrill trip. (B)