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|Originaltitel:||POKÉMON Detective Pikachu|
|Genre:||Adventure, Fantasy, Action|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 104 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Tim (Justice Smith), aged 21, has not seen his father, cop Harry Goodman, for many years. Now he has received the sad news that his father has died in a car accident. So Tim travels to Ryme City, a metropolis where people and Pokémon live side by side to take care of his father's estate. He meets Harry's Pokémon partner Pikachu and is shocked: He can understand the little fluffy detective! But Pikachu can't remember anything, but he knows so much: If he survived the accident, so can Harry! Together they set out in search of Tim's father and, with the help of the young journalist Lucy (Kathryn Newton), find out about a conspiracy that has led to the peaceful coexistence of people and Pokémon could destroy forever…
A few years ago the whole world seemed to have fallen from one day to the next into a collective Pokémon fever. After the Pokémon fever had largely died out in the mid-1990s due to the first video games, trading cards, an anime TV series and cinema films, Pokémon-Go flared up again with full force. The creatures invented by the Japanese Satoshi Tajiri for his video games were on everyone's lips again - or rather, on all smartphones in the world. No wonder that the decision was quickly made to bring the video game heroes back to the big screen.
Who should be the center of attention was certainly not a difficult question, after all there is only one Pokémon everyone knows: Pikachu, the mascot of the Pokémon franchise, which is one of the best known and most successful anime characters worldwide. Based on the 2016 video game of the same name, "POKÉMON Meisterdetektiv Pikachu" is a mix of real film and CGI characters. The makers obviously tried to meet the expectations of the Pokémon fans. Everywhere there are hidden beings and references that will give fans and connoisseurs their true joy. At the same time, however, they also tried to entertain those viewers who are hardly or not at all familiar with the world of Pokémon.
This works very well, especially in the beginning. Here the video game filming not only captivates its audience with a playful richness of detail, but also with a convincing mixture of adventure, action and humour - all served in a target-group-oriented way. For about an hour you have a lot of fun with it. After that, however, not only the joke goes completely down the drain, the overburdened production also loses the charm that made the first act so successful. Even the cute Pikachu doesn't help much any more.
Thanks to the fact that a lot of ingenuity is presented at the beginning, it becomes even more noticeable towards the end how unimaginative the effects overkill is here. This is neither exciting, nor amusing, but simply tiring. The result is a somewhat indecisive overall impression, which may function as simply knitted popcorn entertainment. But this all-too-common fantasy adventure doesn't do justice to the huge hype triggered by games like Pokémon-Go. But all in all there is still a good one: Worth seeing!
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