(Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures, @ Legendary )Pokémon Detective Pikachu is finally out in theaters, with Ryan Reynolds bringing everyone s favorite poké-detective to life. The video game on which the movie is based hit the Nintendo 3DS in March 2018 – just about a year ahead of the movie’s debut. You may have already picked it up and played it, especially since it came out alongside an oversized Detective Pikachu amiibo figure.So if you already played the game, is it worth going to see the movie in theaters, or would you essentially be seeing a retread of the story you already experienced in game form? Here s the good news: The two stories are different enough that even if you played through Detective Pikachu more than once, you ll still be able to get plenty out of the movie as well. In many cases, they re two different sides of the same coin – one focused on humor and adult situations and the other a more Pokémon-centric story steeped in series lore with a less definitive ending. The best course of action for most Poké-fans will be, possibly as expected, to see both. Here are some of the key differences. (Warning: Mild Pokémon Detective Pikachu spoilers follow.)A Different Tim Goodman While the plots of both the movie and game are somewhat similar, they diverge in several ways from their respective opening moments. For instance, while Tim Goodman (played in the movie by Justice Smith) is still the main protagonist in both stories, he s just a boy in the game and a 21-year-old in the movie. The game s Tim is a typical Pokémon trainer looking for his father, Harry, who happens upon a special Pikachu he can communicate with. The duo pair up to look for Harry and stumble onto a rash of weird Pokémon behaviors throughout Ryme City. Their investigation begins when they must recover a necklace stolen by a group of wild Aipom.The movie s Tim is a young man who gave up on training Pokémon after his mother passed away and he found himself dealing with an absentee father. He learns later on that his father may have passed away while investigating a case, then travels to Ryme City to collect his father s assets and meets Pikachu. Their first chat is interrupted by an attacking group of Aipom under the influence of a strange purple gas called R. (Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures, @ Legendary )A Cub Reporter Joins the FoldFrom there, both stories are markedly different. While they include major plot points that resemble each other, the characters and stories that unravel throughout each narrative are only slightly similar in tone or content.Both feature a drug named R that pushes Pokémon to behave irrationally and go on rampages, and Tim s father is missing in both the movie and the game. They both also note that Pikachu is a Pokémon whose human speech can only be heard by Tim. But while the game features a reporter named Meiko Okamato and her assistant Emilia Christie, the movie features Lucy (Kathryn Newton), a wannabe reporter who writes fluff pieces and who acts as Tim s companion. Further, the ending of the movie gives us true closure on Harry s whereabouts as well as how he ties into Pikachu himself, where the game is more content to hint at what actually happened, possibly so the game could be more open to a sequel in the future. While Warner Bros has already greenlit a sequel for the live-action flick, they will have a significantly harder time explaining why there s a talking Pikachu with Reynolds voice back in the saddle the second time around.(Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures, @ Legendary )Spectacle vs. Gumshoe Detective WorkMost importantly, the Detective Pikachu game is much more centered on the “mystery” aspect of various occurrences involving Pokémon throughout Ryme City, with Pikachu taking on the demeanor of an old-time investigator. This leans into the interactive nature of the game.The movie, on the other hand, is an action-packed summer blockbuster that focuses more on comedic timing, jokes, and the spectacle of Pokémon in their computer-generated forms. Since this is the first live-action Pokémon movie, attention is kept squarely on ensuring the audience gets more than a few eyefuls of the ’mons interacting with their live-action counterparts – think the infamous Mr. Mime scene or Psyduck asking Pikachu for a foot rub. It’s content to focus mostly on making the audience laugh, sucker punching them with an emotional scene, and peppering it all with that Reynolds-flavored sarcasm.(Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures, @ Legendary )Further Viewing: The World of PokémonIf the end of Detective Pikachu left you wanting more, you’ll be left waiting a while for the next live-action Pokémon movie. However, there is a wide selection of anime movies based on the game as well anime series that you can tear into right after getting out of the theater – most are available to stream for free thanks to The Pokémon Company.
A teenage Wednesday Addams will use her powers as a detective in a streaming show directed by Tim Burton. Plus, upcoming premieres from Apple TV+ and AMC Networks, including a new Stephen King series and a series adaptation of best-selling book The Mosquito Coast, and more of the week s top TV and streaming news.TOP STORYTim Burton Will Direct Wednesday, About The Addams Family Daughter, for Netflix(Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)Tim Burton is making his directorial TV debut with a spin-off of The Addams Family. Wednesday will revolve around The Addams Family daughter, Wednesday Addams, the scene stealer played by Lisa Loring in the original 1964-65 series, and by Christina Ricci in the 1991 and 1993 Addams Family movies.Series creators Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) will act as showrunners for Wednesday, an eight-episode series that will feature the moody Addams as a teen.Netflix describes Wednesday as “a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy.” She “attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago” while also trying to juggle complicated relationships with her fellow Nevermore students.J.J. Abrams Producing a New Constantine Drama at HBO Max (Photo by DC Comics)NBC’s adaptation of the DC Comics series Constantine lasted just one season, but HBO Max is taking its own shot at the property, for a series that will be produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.The series will focus on the British detective and exorcist as a young London resident. Unlike the 2014-15 series that starred Matt Ryan as John Constantine, the HBO Max version will be a darker take on the character, Deadline reports.Author and new screenwriter Guy Bolton wrote the pilot for the new series, and Bad Robot plans to open a writers room in March. The character of Constantine has previously appeared in The CW’s Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, played by Matt Ryan in both series. Keanu Reeves played the character in the 2005 Constantine movie.Lisey s Story from Stephen King and J.J. Abram s Bad Robot Gets a Summer Premiere and More From Apple TV+Stephen King’s books are go-to favorites for movie and TV adaptions. But the prolific author has a particular affinity for Lisey’s Story, the 2006 psychological novel he wrote after his wife, author Tabitha King, cleared out his office as he recovered from double pneumonia. The story, which he is adapting as an Apple TV+ miniseries starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen, follows the widow of a famous novelist. It flashes from the present, as she processes her grief by cleaning out his writing area, to the past when her husband was still alive. A series of upsetting events result in her questioning moments of their relationship that she’d blocked out.“Lisey’s Story means a lot to me because it s the one that I love best. It’s a story about love and marriage and creative impulse and it’s also got a kick-ass villain in it,” King told journalists on Friday at Apple TV+’s Television Critics Association press day.(He also stressed that these characters are works of fiction and that they should not necessarily be compared to his own marriage).Directed by Pablo Larraín and also starring Joan Allen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dane DeHaan, and Ron Cephas Jones, the summer 2021 release is the latest partnership between King and Abrams’ Bad Robot, which also produced Hulu’s Castle Rock and 11/22/63.In regard to whether any of his work is “unfilmable” either for TV or movies, King told journalists that wasn t the case from his perspective as the writer, but that directors and producers might feel differently. He also revealed that he and Abrams had talked “a lot about a possible anthology called Tiny Horrors. We got really, kind of, down and dirty about it, and we talked about things that were really, really scary.”The second installment of Apple TV+’s Mythic Quest premieres May 7. The dark comedy about the video game design industry will take on new adventures beyond the characters’ hit game from season 1, Raven s Banquet. And, despite the show itself garnering attention for producing a quarantine special (and also experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks among its crew members), the new season will be set in a post-quarantine world where most everyone is returning to work at the office.Co-creator and star Rob McElhenney told journalists during the Apple TV+ TCA press day that there will be a changing dynamic between his character, Ian, and his newly promoted co-creative director Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) — as opposed to, he said, the characters on his other show, FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “where the characters remain exactly the same and never grow or change or learn anything for 15 years.”“This is the kind of show where the characters are going to evolve and their relationships are going to evolve,” McElhenney said. “Ian and Poppy’s relationship has always been at the center of show, and yet, it can t always just be this one-note combative relationship … the only way that this is going to work — and has worked in the past and will continue to work in the in the present — is to recognize that it is a fully realized three dimensional relationship that has its ups and it has its downs.”– Whitney Friedlander
Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk director Barry Jenkins knew from the moment he read Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Underground Railroad that he had to turn it into a series. And to do it right, he brought on board some of his longtime (and multi-award-winning) collaborators — among them composer Nicholas Britell and Joi McMillon — and assembled a cast of new and veteran actors to breathe life into the story, including breakout star Thuso Mbedu, who plays escaped slave Cora in the series. Ahead of the series’ launch on Amazon Prime Video, Jenkins spoke with Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley about the challenges of moving from the world of film to television and of telling a story that blends magical-realism — the “underground railroad” here is an actual train system under the earth — with heartbreakingly real and violent scenes wrenched directly from the darkest pages of American history. Coley also speaks with Mbedu and costars Aaron Pierre, Sheila Atim, Joel Edgerton, and William Jackson Harper about the casting process, working with Jenkins, and the sensitivity and care taken to ensure everyone felt comfortable and safe on set, despite the often traumatic material.The Underground Railroad premieres Friday, May 14, on Amazon Prime Video.