Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a fantasy comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Bill Nighy. The story is centred around the original events of the Pokémon game series and the Mewtwo accident that led to the death of Tim Goodman’s father. Tim travels to Ryme City to meet his father’s former detective partner, Pikachu, and uncover the truth. They also review a cold case left by Tim’s father, which reveals the exploitation of Pokémon for scientific purposes.
This film has a futuristic setting which is an impressive use of CGI. Ryme City appears to be a combination of London, Hong Kong and New York, exuding a dark atmosphere. Despite the noir visuals, the film is very comedic and light-hearted. Ryan Reynolds voice acting combined with the CGI character of Pikachu is goofy and hilarious. It is a colourful film that feels very random in places, but this is intentional to add humour. Compared to other animated films like Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), Pokémon Detective Pikachu has a more cohesive plot which makes it fun to watch. I’d say it had similarities to Men-in-Black, although based in the Pokémon universe. Unfortunately, the ending was anti-climactic and obvious, which made the crime aspect fall flat.