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Review: ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ basks in its garbled (yet cuddly) neo-noir glory

When news broke that Ryan Reynolds would be voicing Pikachu as the titular detective, it seemed like a joke. It still is a joke, but it’s also so, so real, and surprisingly, it works. For the first live-action movie adaptation of the Pokémon characters, specifically the 2016 “Detective Pikachu” video game, director Rob Letterman and writers Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Derek Connolly and Nicole Perlman were smart to lean into an absolutely preposterous and campy premise, placing the cuddly yellow fantasy creature Pikachu within the darkly realistic human confines of Ryme City. Oh, and he also sounds just like Deadpool.