"Pokémon Detective Pikachu" transports viewers to the magical world of Pokémon but neglects the pocket monsters for their human trainers.
This adventure finds Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), a 21-year-old investment agent, returning to Rhyme City to investigate the disappearance of his father detective Harry Goodman. When Tim goes through his father’s apartment he runs into Harry’s Pokémon partner a Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) and discovers that he can understand him.
"Pokémon Detective Pikachu" could’ve gone in one of two directions. It could’ve joined the long list of horrendous anime live-action adaptations – (cough) Dragonball Evolution (cough) – or be the one that finally breaks through to be a good movie. Detective Pikachu isn’t cinema gold, but it’s enjoyable.
The way director Rob Letterman and screenwriters Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit depict the characters shows they have a proper understanding of the Pokémon.