Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
  • 2019
  • Japan / US
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rob Letterman
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy
  • UK release: 10 May 2019

Tim (Smith) is a former Pokémon trainer who teams up with Pikachu (voiced by Reynolds) to solve a mysterious car accident which leaves his detective father presumed dead. Reynolds’ voice skills are incredible, you don’t need to know about the franchise to get what’s going on and it’s a quirky and lovingly crafted surreal comedy thriller.

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu (PG) (Relaxed)

Running time : 100 minsCert: PGThe world of Pokemon comes to life! The first-ever live-action Pokemon adventure, 'POKEMON Detective Pikachu' stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokemon phenomenon; one of the world's most popular, multigenerational 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 Pokemon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokemon 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 Pokemon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super sleuth who is a puzzle 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 Pokemon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world, they encounter a diverse cast of Pokemon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokemon universe.

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu

7 May 20194 stars

Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to the titular sleuth in this enjoyable live-action addition to the Pokémon franchise

The first ever live-action Pokémon movie is as funny as Deadpool with eccentric VFX twists. You don't have to know about the world of Japanese 'pocket monsters' – creatures invented in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri which, over the years, have delighted…

Ryan Reynolds recorded R-rated lines for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

7 May 2019

Film gossip

Ryan Reynolds recorded R-rated lines for 'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu' – but they didn't make it to the final cut. The 42-year-old actor stars as the voice of the titular yellow creature in the fantasy mystery movie, and has said that acting for the role…

Ryan Reynolds' Pokemon nerves

4 May 2019

Film gossip

Ryan Reynolds was nervous about joining the cast of 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu'. The 42-year-old actor voices the beloved Pokémon character Pikachu in the new movie and he admitted that the popularity of the gaming franchise left him worried about doing…

Ryan Reynolds' daughters don't 'fully' get that he's Detective Pikachu

30 Apr 2019

Film gossip

Ryan Reynolds' daughters don't "fully" understand that their dad is voicing Detective Pikachu. The 42-year-old actor plays the titular character in the first live-action Pokemon franchise movie and has joked that the reason his girls, four-year-old…

Rita Ora and Kygo team up for Detective Pikachu soundtrack

16 Apr 2019

Music gossip

Rita Ora has teamed up with tropical house DJ Kygo on the song 'Carry On' for the 'Detective Pikachu' soundtrack. The 'Let Me Love You' hitmaker unveiled the artwork for the single, which is released on Friday (19.04.19), and shared two pictures of…

Bill Nighy became a Pokemon expert for film role

12 Feb 2019

Film gossip

Bill Nighy bought every Pokemon book in existence to research his role for 'Pokemon: Detective Pikachu'. The 69-year-old actor did a lot of reading about the pocket monsters video game and trading card phenomenon after landing a part in the upcoming…

Rita Ora joins Detective Pikachu movie

14 Feb 2018

Film gossip

Rita Ora has joined the cast of 'Detective Pikachu'. The 27-year-old singer-turned-actress - who is currently starring in 'Fifty Shades Freed' - is to appear alongside Ryan Reynolds, Bill Nighy and Chris Geere in the first live-action Pokemon franchise…

Bill Nighy joins Pokemon movie

31 Jan 2018

Film gossip

Bill Nighy and Chris Geere are the latest stars to join the cast of 'Detective Pikachu'. Ryan Reynolds is already on board to star in the first live-action Pokemon franchise movie, along with 'Inception's Ken Watanabe, 'The Get Down's Justice Smith and…

Ken Watanabe joins Detective Pikachu movie

20 Jan 2018

Film gossip

Ken Watanabe is joining Ryan Reynolds in the first-ever-live-action Pokémon film, 'Detective Pikachu'. The 58-year-old actor has signed up to play Detective Yoshida, a role specifically created for the movie, which is based on the popular gaming…

Ryan Reynolds joins Detective Pikachu movie

7 Dec 2017

Film gossip

Ryan Reynolds is joining the first-ever-live-action Pokemon film called 'Detective Pikachu'. The 41-year-old actor is joining Justice Smith and 'Big Little Lies' star Kathryn Newton in the movie, which is based on the popular gaming franchise, according…

Rob Letterman to direct Detective Pikachu Pokemon film

1 Dec 2016

Film gossip

Rob Letterman is set to direct the 'Detective Pikachu' live action 'Pokemon' film. The American filmmaker has reportedly teamed up with Legendary Entertainment to oversee the upcoming movie which has been written by Guardians of the Galaxy's Nicole…

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