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.
One of the stated rules for Ryme City is "No Pokeballs" as the plan revolved ENTIRELY on the Pokémon breathing R, having Pokémon balls banned since the city's foundation means it's so much easier to get them to breathe it. The ban on battles could also fit into it: because people and Pokemon were going to want to fight anyway, driving it underground gave the villain a place where they could test substances like R, and people wouldn't take victims to the official medical system for fear of getting caught. 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 »
They try to talk to me all the time, but all they hear is "Pika-pika!"
[to a person's girlfriend, asking if she can understand Pikachu speaking]
You can hear him... right?
[in his Pokemon voice]
Yeah, pika-pika-pika! He's adorable!
[to the girlfriend]
[pause, knowing that only Tim can understand him]
They can't understand me, kid.
[exasperated, knowing that no one can understand Pikachu]
Can no-one else hear him?
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The film title appears in a Japanese kanji design, homaging Pokemon's Japanese roots. See more »
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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