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.
Phenomenal design of the Pokémon weighed down by a poor story
All props to the designers in charge of the Pokémon because they looked brilliant. The only two positives of this movie were how well done the Pokémon were, and Ryan Reynolds' performance as Pikachu. It is fairly rare that I will trash a particular actor, but Justice Smith almost ruined this film alone. I am shocked that a more talented soul was not cast to play our human protagonist. It didn't help his situation that the story he was cast into was as boring as they come. Thankfully, the beauty of the Pokémon and the novelty of seeing them in a live-action world was able to carry this film to watchable levels.
As a footnote, I would pay top dollar to see all of the films in a Kevin Feige-written 10 year plan of 20 Pokémon movies. This is one of very few universes that have the potential to rival what Marvel has done with the Infinity Saga, but it will take a lot of talented individuals that I am all but certain Warner Brothers and The Pokemon Company do not currently have.
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