When word got out that a DETECTIVE PIKACHU film was in the works, you could be forgiven for feeling a bit of skepticism about it. After all, taking a well-known children’s franchise and turning it into a hybrid live-action/animated film hasn’t always yielded the greatest achievements in cinema history. But then that magical trailer landed, and it turned out that DETECTIVE PIKACHU doesn’t just look good. It looks incredible.
The film takes place in Ryme City, a busy, bustling metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side-by-side but are unable to communicate with one another. Tim (Justice Smith, PAPER TOWNS) is a human whose detective father has gone missing. When his father’s partner, Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds, DEADPOOL), shows up, Tim realizes he can actually understand what this Pokémon is saying (and man, he can talk). A friendship is forged, and the two embark on an adventure to find Tim’s father that will bring them up against some of the most fierce Pokémon imaginable.
If you’re trying to figure out why you’re this excited about a Pokémon film, even if you’re not a die-hard fan of the franchise, it likely has to do with the A-list team behind it. From a director with a solid track record of family films (Rob Letterman, GOOSEBUMPS), an Oscar-nominated cinematographer (John Mathieson, LOGAN), and a team of hilarious writers (including GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY scribe Nicole Perlman), DETECTIVE PIKACHU is a funny, exciting, and thoroughly original thrill-ride that will delight Pokémon fans and newcomers alike.
Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie 'Pet Sematary' located nearby. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.
Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace is one of her most famous works: a soaring, beautiful album that went on to sell over 2 million copies, becoming the bestselling gospel record of all time. The whole thing was recorded live in a church over the course of two days, and luckily for all of us, legendary actor and filmmaker Sydney Pollack (THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR) was there to capture it.
But unluckily for Pollack, he and his crew made a major technical error.
It turns out the crew never used a clapboard (those black-and-white striped sticks that they snap together before calling, “Action!”), which is used in editing to sync up picture and sound. So for the last four decades, this incredible footage capturing the recording of one of the greatest albums of all time has been unseen due to the gargantuan effort required to manually sync Pollack’s imagery with the audio of Franklin’s extraordinary voice.
Thankfully, producer Alan Elliott was able to navigate all of that, along with some ongoing contractual disputes (seriously, this man has been striving to release this film for 29 years), so that we can all finally see this rousing, vibrant document of The Queen of Soul at the height of her powers.