Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe and more

Director: Rob Letterman

Synopsis: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective 

Review: Pokémon Detective Pikachu is an exciting cinematic experience the movie takes inspiration from the original game that was developed by Creatures, Inc and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. This film Warner Bros Pictures, Legendary Pictures and the Pokémon Company collaborated on this project ensuring the story, plot, character development and pocket monsters are all adapted properly, this movie is a detective story with a lot of familiar references to the Pokémon franchise, expect to see Pikachu, Greninja, Charmander and the all-powerful Mewto.


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Detective Pikachu Charizard battling Pikachu (Source: Warner Bros.)

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.

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Detective Pikachu Charizard battling Pikachu (Source: Warner Bros.)


This movie is compelling and entertaining, there are parts that are happy and exciting and on the other hand there are sad and moments. Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton have amazing chemistry but on the other hand, the story and lore in engaging and an enjoyable journey, actors Justice Smith, Ryan Reynolds and Kathryn Newton all captured the essence of their characters well, this movie’s computer graphic-imagery was spectacular the film production company  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Toho Co., Ltd, colloborated with The Pokémon Company to develop the Pokémon well and took the time to create each Pokémon’s attention to detail in an accurate way. 

This film was adapted from the videogame Detective Pikachu, most video which is a adventure game developed by Creatures Inc., published by The Pokémon Company, and distributed by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The game is a spin-off of the Pokémon franchise, in which the player works with a talking Pikachu to solve various mysteries. A shorter, downloadable version of the game called Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo was released in Japan in February 2016, while the full version was released worldwide in March 2018.

In contrast to previous Pokémon role-playing games, Detective Pikachu is an adventure game spin-off focusing on narrative storytelling, with a presentation comparable to the Pokémon anime series. The live-action adaptation, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, is a salute to the old generation and new generation of Pokémon audiences, this film is exciting, heartwarming and entertaining and a great spectacle for the whole family and friends to enjoy overall I approve of this movie and I think you will too.





Date published: 04/06/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

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