Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) is summoned to Ryme – a city where humans and Pokémon live together in harmony.
Tim’s father was a detective and died while investigating a Pokémon case.
Meeting Pikachu his father’s Pokémon (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), Tim reluctantly agrees to help Pikachu find out what happened to his father. In return, they also discover Pikachu’s forgotten past.
“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is a comedy defined by excellent production and memorable creatures.
I don’t know a Pikachu from a Charleston Chew. So, I grabbed the opportunity to meet my first Pokémon.
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Tim’s father is less a riddle and more a tour through Ryme city. Cute caring Pikachu pairs off with the emotionally clouded Tim. One seeks justice (the furry one), the other seeks closure (the human one) – both find something totally unexpected.
This film has plenty for youngsters and Pokémon fans and succeeds in bringing the Pokémon world to life. Ryme is a fully realized city that teems with unusual citizens.
The Pokémon will be familiar and thrilling to fans as hundreds of these lovable and menacing creatures populate every scene.
The “catch 22” of this feature is with its audience demographics. Pokémon are beloved by people ages 7 to 70. Unfortunately, this plot has much more for the 7-year-olds than for those 18 and older.
Tim’s detective work is rudimentary and used to simply tour the city to encounter more Pokémon (the Mr. Mime segment is the best). The narrative is choppy and sometimes difficult to follow, the villain is not very villainous and although the plot twist is nicely done, it doesn’t really escalate the stakes further dampening tension within the story.
As a fledgling Pokémon fan, I learned absolutely nothing about them, their powers or their history, revealing that this film is not to cultivate new fans, but simply satisfy current ones.
“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is a fan favorite, but those looking for a strong story will need to do some serious detective work of their own.