In Ryme City, Pokémon and humans coexist peacefully. Instead of humans catching and becoming trainersPokémon and pitting the strength of the Pokémon in the Arena, they are tasked with helping human work or simply being their partner. Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) comes to this city after receiving news that his father, Harry Goodman, who was a detective died while on duty. When he arrived at his father’s apartment, he was met by Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) who strangely only Tim could understand what he was saying. Despite having amnesia, Pikachu remembers that he is Harry’s partner and believes that he is still alive. Despite their doubts, Tim finally wants to help Pikachu investigate, and with the help of journalist apprentice Lucy (Kathryn Newton) and her partner Psyduck, they discover various mysteries that also involve the human-made Pokémon Mewtwo.
On paper, this Pokémon Detective Pikachu idea sounds weird and shouldn’t work, but it’s actually not as bad as it sounds. What’s more, this film removes – or at least only briefly shows – many of the typical elements of Pokémon itself such as Pokeballs, Pokémon trainers, to Pokémon battles and replaces them with Pikachu who pretends to be a detective. However, director Rob Letterman doesn’t necessarily forget the most important element, namely the pocket monsterswhich are mostly cute and adorable, without forgetting the original shape—not like *cough* Sonic *cough*—and the design looks quite realistic. For those who are familiar, it is certainly fun to see Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, Psyduck, Likkitung, Machamp, Magikarp, and various other figures adorning the screen.
Maybe the appearance of this many Pokémon can be said to be just a parade gimmick that will make fans cheer with joy because of nostalgia, but in fact that is not the case. Rob Litterman and a series of writers – Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit (screenplay & story), Derek Connolly (screenplay), Nicole Perlman (story) – managed to combine sci-fi, noir, or adventure stories that were quite enjoyable. Also how Detective Pikachu introduces his world to those who don’t play the Nintendo 3DS game of the same name which is the source of the film can be told briefly but clearly. For me, who used to follow Pokémon cartoons on TV screens and also played some Gameboy versions of video games, of course this was something fresh and also fun.
However, this does not apply when the film penetrates into the detective element as stated in the title itself. Indeed, the smell of mystery is still trying to be given, but that’s all. Yes, maybe I’m expecting too much, especially since it’s based on a video game, so instead of getting a detective story that’s fun and a little thought-provoking, the fall is just light and just fun like Scooby Doo. The story is also quite generic about an evil corporation that has evil plans and the story of parents who have distance from their children. Not to mention the twist that is trying to be presented can be seen from far before.
But overall Pokémon Detective Pikachu is just minus the detective feel, and is still an entertaining dish. In addition to the adorable Pokémon parade, it’s also an exciting adventure accompanied by a variety of funny jokes. Apart from the appearance of Mr. The funniest mime, listening to Pikachu speak in the voice of Ryan Reynolds which, although a bit out of line, is where the entertainment lies. What’s more, the actor is really good at throwing various chatter, which although not as free and rude as when he was Deadpool, but still not awsome.