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.
Warner Bros. tenth live-action/animated hybrid film to be rated PG by the MPAA after Space Jam (1996), Osmosis Jones (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), Yogi Bear (2010), Paddington (2014), and Paddington 2 (2017). See more »
In one scene, Tim mentions something about "Greninjas being set free." The plural form of a Pokemon is the same as the singular form, so he should have seen the "Greninja were being set free." Other characters in the movie get this right. See more »
Down by the docks. Rough part of town, not the sorta place you wanna visit alone at night.
[trying to impress her]
Well, I'm actually pretty good at being alone at night.
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The film title appears in a Japanese kanji design, homaging Pokemon's Japanese roots. 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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