Did ‘Detective Pikachu’ Just Become My Most Anticipated Film of 2019!?

Written by Megan Williams

If you had told me a year ago that my most anticipated film of2019 was about a photo-realistic Pokemon, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, that had tosolve a crime, I would’ve laughed. A lot.

And yet…

The trailer for Warner Bros. Detective Pikachu film was released on 12th November and has currently gained over 37 million views on Youtube. Detective Pikachu is a live action/CGI animated feature, based on the Nintendo 3DS game of the same name. It follows Tim Goodman, son of well-known detective Harry Goodman, as he teams up with Pikachu to solve the disappearance of his father.

I always found the idea of Detective Pikachu very strange, as the source material also features a talking Pikachu who solves crimes. It’s a very different concept to what the original games are and, as I sat down to watch the trailer; I was completely prepared to hate it.

I can now say, with confidence, that this film looks like a lot of fun and I cannot wait to see it.

The visual effects look incredible. The Pokemon are amixture of photo-realistic and cartoonish designs, which I think is the bestroute to go down when bringing Pokemon into a real world setting. They alsolook how any Pokemon fan would expect them to look: for example, Pikachu is fluffywhile Bulbasaur is scaly.

The trailer features various Pokemon from different generations, from a ferocious looking Charizard (which was from my generation of Pokemon in the 90’s) to a realistic-looking Greninja from the 6thGeneration (2013-2014). Because it’ll feature Pokemon from different generations, it’ll definitely appeal to Pokemon fans of all ages.  

The only issue I have with this film so far is the voice for Pikachu, who is Ryan Reynolds. As weird as this sounds, the voice doesn’t fit the character; personally, I would’ve chosen a younger actor like Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, IT: Chapter 1).

But, ultimately, I didn’t expect to love this trailer as much as I do: we now live in a world where a live-action Pokemon film exists and, from the trailer, it looks surprisingly good. Let’s hope this will be the video game-to-film adaptation that breaks the curse of the video game film genre.

Detective Pikachu is out in cinemas 10th May 2019.

Ryan Reynolds Voices ‘Detective Pikachu’ In The First Trailer!

“The world of PokĂ©mon comes to life! The first-ever live-action PokĂ©mon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global PokĂ©mon phenomenon—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a PokĂ©mon like no other.

The film also showcases a wide array of beloved PokĂ©mon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. 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 PokĂ©mon 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 PokĂ©mon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of PokĂ©mon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole PokĂ©mon universe.”

Directed by: Rob Letterman

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Suki Waterhouse, Bill Nighy, Kathryn Newton, Rita Ora

Release Date: 10th May 2019