The first-ever live-action Pokémon movie, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character in the first-ever live-action movie based on the iconic face of the global Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and most successful media franchises of all time.
The story begins when ace private eye 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.
Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as a talking detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other.
The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.
Run time: 104 mins
★★★ Steve Rose – The Guardian
The inspired casting of the Deadpool actor transforms this from an average Pokémon movie into fun family fare
★★★ Adam Starkey – Metro
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Common Sense Media has reviews from parents and children as well as information on what to expect from the film.
“One of the funniest, and delightfully strange, experiments with a major license to ever hit the big screen”
Adam Starkey - Metro
“Reynolds' performance as the overly caffeinated Pikachu makes this family-friendly mystery fun for more than die-hard Pokémon fans”
Steve Rose - The Guardian