When news first broke that a potential Detective Pikachu movie was moving forward, most fans laughed it off. After the casting of Ryan Reynolds in the titular role, that laughter turned into curious skepticism. But having now watched today’s first Pokémon: Detective Pikachu trailer, I’m downright excited for this flick now.
Today’s Detective Pikachu trailer does an incredible job showcasing a fictional world in which humans and Pokémon truly live side by side. There are still Pokémon in the wild, at one point we see a herd of Bulbasaurs running through a stream. But the main story takes place in Ryme City and it’s riddled with Pokémon that have been domesticated and intertwined with the routine of daily city life.
Here’s the synopsis of the film that was provided by Warner Bros. earlier today:
“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 Pokémon 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 Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.”
It’s amazing how well done the portrayal of these animated “pocket monsters” was handled. Rob Letterman is the director on the movie, and he and his team have nailed the aesthetic. The tone seems great too judging by the first Detective Pikachu trailer. The movie looks like it utilizes Reynolds’ sarcastic charm well while still keeping it PG. And the use of other Pokémon throughout the world is spot on.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is the first live-action Pokémon movie that’s been attempted. And it looks like Warner Bros. and The Pokémon Company have gone all-in on the project. It launches worldwide on May 10th.