Preview: Detective Pikachu
This has got to be the biggest surprise since the invention of the banana slicer. Yes, that’s how flabbergasted we were when we heard that not only would there be a live-action Pokémon movie, but it would star Pikachu as an adorable yellow fuzzball detective who can talk and is addicted to caffeine. And who better to star in one of the quirkiest films of the year than Ryan Reynolds, the voice of the amnesia-struck Pokémon?
Inspired by the surprise-hit 3DS game, the movie takes place in Ryme City, where Pokémon aren’t trying to be caught by trainers and actually co-exist with humans. Think Machamp being a lollipop man and Jigglypuff being a singer (that puts everyone to sleep).
When ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, his partner, Detective Pikachu, tracks down his son, played by upcoming star Justice Smith, to help find out exactly what happened, only to discover a conspiracy that threatens the peaceful co-existence of the inhabitants of the city.
Luckily for them, the duo can somehow talk with one another, making them the dream buddy-cop duo that can communicate with both humans and Pokémon. Without the hilarious quips of Reynolds, this could have just been a flick for the little ones, but it’s a family movie the adults can chuckle at, too.
Unless Detective Pikachu plays it safe and simply follows the typical detective-crime genre stereotypes without embracing all its quirkiness, this one could be the surprise hit of 2019.
In cinemas Thursday May 9