The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City--a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world--they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
Among the products advertised on signs throughout Ryme City are Berry Juice, Poképuffs and Snap Cameras. See more »
In one scene, Tim says something about "the Greninjas being set free." The plural form of a Pokemon is the same as the singular form, so he should have said "the Greninja were being set free." Other characters in the movie get this right. See more »
Written by Rita Ora, Josh Cumbee, Natalie Dunn, Kygo (as Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll), Ilan Kidron and Afshin Salmani
Performed by Kygo and Rita Ora
Produced by Kygo and AFSHeeN
Courtesy of Palm Tree Records/ RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony მუსიკალური Entertainment
Rita Ora appears courtesy of Atlantic Records See more »
We saw this movie at one of the AMC early preview shows on May 2nd, and I'm so glad we did.
Why? Because "video game movies" are something that historically were a "wait til it's on TV" type of thing - no real reason to see them on the big screen; they weren't much different than the games they came from.
Detective Pikachu, on the other hand, is an actual movie. Yes, it's set in a world where Pokémon actually exist, and this one can talk to both humans and Pokémon (Doctor Doolittle, anyone?), but unlike a "video game movie", the plot isn't just a vehicle for the setting. It's an actual mystery/adventure, with characters you come to care about, both human and not. Twists and surprises and feels. All the parts of a great flick.
One thing that surprised me was how I was amazed by the emotions expressed by the Pikachu character - not only did he feel "real" in the movie, his face, ears, body language conveyed emotion clearly and strongly. It's hard to explain, it was kind of like a cross between looking at a child and a puppy... I don't know how they did it, but when Pikachu was saddened, you *felt* it; when happy, you knew it...
Finally, I also do have to say that all of us were concerned about the "Deadpool factor" - which turned out to be a non-issue. Ryan Reynolds is a great actor, and like any great actor, you only see and hear the character he's playing - not his past ones.
Excellent movie for all ages, even if you're not a Pokémon fan, you'll enjoy it.
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