Embracing the Cute Chaos: A ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ Review

Grade: C+

Author: Billy Madden

As a self-proclaimed casual Pokémon enthusiast, I embarked on the visually mesmerizing journey of ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu.’ My knowledge of this colossal franchise is superficial, with a history limited to fleeting interactions with the Game Boy games and a brief stint with Pokémon GO. Yet, I found myself immersed in a nostalgic world brimming with an array of Pokémon, each with distinctive quirks that elicited smiles and laughter from the audience.

The narrative spins around a mystery concerning detective Harry Goodman. His son, Tim, seeking to reconnect with his absent father, stumbles upon the eponymous Detective Pikachu, voiced by Ryan Reynolds. Tim uniquely communicates with Pikachu, adding a layer of charm to the plot. While not as rib-tickling as Reynolds’ Deadpool performance, the witty banter was endearing and added depth to Pikachu’s character.

Though predictable for the seasoned sleuth, the storyline remained intriguing, with a subplot concerning a looming threat to the harmonious cohabitation of humans and Pokémon in Ryme City. While the motivations behind this treachery were unclear, it provided a palpable sense of suspense throughout.

‘Detective Pikachu’ showcases stunning animation, from the vibrancy of Ryme City to the meticulously designed Pokémon. The animation team deserves praise for breathing life into our favorite characters, especially Pikachu. An unforgettable moment was the majestic appearance of the gigantic Torterra Pokémon, a spectacle that is etched in memory.

No matter which team you pledge allegiance to – Instinct, Mystic, or Valor – ‘Detective Pikachu’ is a delightful cinematic experience. Its charm transcends age groups, making it an enjoyable outing for children and adults. So, secure your ticket and embark on a fun-filled adventure with Pikachu!


Ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son, Tim, to discover what happened. Harry’s former Pokémon partner, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu, is aiding in the investigation. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.

  • Rating: PG (Some Rude and Suggestive Humor|Action/Peril|Thematic Elements)
  • Genre: Kids & Family, Comedy, Adventure, Mystery & thriller
  • Original Language: English
  • Director: Rob Letterman
  • Producer: Mary ParentCale BoyterHidenaga KatakamiDon McGowan
  • Writer: Dan HernandezBenji SamitRob LettermanDerek Connolly
  • Release Date (Theaters): May 10, 2019  Wide
  • Release Date (Streaming): Jul 23, 2019
  • Box Office (Gross USA): $144.1M
  • Runtime: 1h 44m
  • Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Co: Legendary Pictures, Toho Company Ltd.
  • Sound Mix: DTS, SDDS, Dolby Atmos
  • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

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