Pokémon Detective Pikachu
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The first live-action movie to explore the world of Pokémon stars… Ryan Reynolds? The Deadpool star voices Pikachu, the furry yellow icon of the Pokémon franchise. When detective Harry Goodman disappears, his son Tim (Justice Smith) teams up with Harry’s partner to track down the missing man. That partner is none other than the wise-cracking Pikachu, with whom Tim is unexpectedly able to communicate.
Detective Pikachu is a surprising and hilarious adventure on the neon-lit streets of Ryme City, where humans and Pokémon live side by side. As Tim and Pikachu meet new Pokémon during their search for Tim’s father, they uncover a conspiracy that could unravel their peaceful existence. Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird) also appears as the cub reporter Lucy, who is on the trail of a big story; while Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) plays Lt. Yoshida.
Did You Know?
- In April 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announced a bid for live-action movie rights to Pokémon. The Pokémon Company started a top-secret auction and the three front-runners were Legendary Entertainment, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures. On July 20, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter published an article stating that Legendary Entertainment won the auction for the live-action movie rights to Pokémon. Both Legendary Entertainment and The Pokémon Company announced Detective Pikachu as the first film, to be fast-tracked to start production in 2017.
- Early in the film, Tim makes mention of Aipoms. In another scene, Pikachu says something about being attacked by Greninjas. The screenwriters of the film apparently didn't know that the plural form of a Pokemon is the same as the singular form; you don't need to put an "s" on the end of the species name to make it plural.
- [from trailer]
- [Tim has a stapler in his hand, and he doesn't know Pikachu can talk]
- Detective Pikachu: Oh, geez.
- [climbing up the top of the drawers]
- Detective Pikachu: Here we go. I know you can't understand me; but put down the stapler, or *I* will electrocute *you*!
- [Tim drops the stapler in shock]
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very serious for a talking mouse movie
Despite its sizable budget, Detective Pikachu has a similarly run-down quality. What story there is barely makes sense, and it feels as if large chunks have been taken out at random. But in a world packed full of franchise-extending would-be blockbusters, there’s something strangely appealing about its patchiness.
It turns out Pokemon Detective Pikachu isn’t half bad.
An aggressively cute family film that’s also a spectacle-driven sci-fi noir-mystery with hints of Blade Runner and the third act of every Marvel movie, this adaptation of the popular 2016 video game throws everything at the audience with such vehemence that the sum effect is overwhelming more than it is entertaining.