Wednesday, December 12

Pokémon Detective Pikachu – A Little Ball of Fur

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You may have got used to chasing Pokémon around town, but next year you will watch them take over the big screen. With Pokémon Detective Pikachu, a whole new universe has just opened up for fans and those who will become ones. And with Ryan Reynolds lending his voice to a cute yellow ball of fur, what was shown so far looks promising.  

In this first live-action adaptation of the popular video games, we won’t see Ash Ketchum, Brock or Professor Oak. Instead, we have Tim Goodman played by Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) who is in search of the truth about his father and that teams him up with Pikachu. What is more interesting is that he is the only one who can understand him, while others only hear “Pika Pika.”

But, this is not a Pikachu we met in the games, but rather a little bit different version of the popular character. This one is somewhat intense with Sherlock Holmes-like detective hat and on a mission to solve mysteries with Tim and Lucy played by Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies).

However, the trailer left some things unclear and fans are left wondering about many things. Although we have seen in the trailer some of the Pokémon we love like Jigglypuff and Mr.Mime, we didn’t see them talk. It would be a real shame that others don’t have famous actors lending them voices and IMDB suggests as much too. In the list of cast, you can find Suki Waterhouse (Mad Max: Fury Road), Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey) without listed characters they will be playing. Suki Waterhouse has a new pink hair color so maybe that was inspired by a pink Pokémon, or Rita Ora will show off her singing as Jigglypuff who is a well-known singer in this anime series.

We will certainly find out more on the cast and other Pokémon in the upcoming trailers and snippets, but we have to say that the nostalgic vibe this trailer showed really feels great. A buddy-cop story is so 1990s, with brisk humor and the obvious great chemistry between Pikachu and Tim. And people are already making memes out of this trailer, while others more prudish find live-action adaptations of animated material not so much their cup of tea.  

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