Pokémon Detective Pikachu has comedy, its adorable mascot, subtle sexual innuendos, father and son moments such as Pikachu talking to Tim about dating Lucy Stevens, but it doesn’t stray away from the dark undertones that come with living in a Pokémon world. Let’s not forget, that there’s always a rich and powerful businessman, in this case Howard Clifford, wanting to use Pokémon for his selfish personal gain. Because no Pokémon game would be complete without those kinds of baddies, am I right? And then, there is Mewtwo himself who is considered a Pokémon god, Ditto turning into Machamp and threatening to kill Tim, and Psyduck with his constant headache subsequently leading him to be a ticking time bomb. The story of Pokémon Detective Pikachu also plays very well with foreshadowing and creating moods, but it is a linear plot that makes the climax and resolution predictable to the audience that pays close attention. If I had to give you examples, I would say that just the mention of Harry disappearing while investigating a Mewtwo case automatically made me believe that Mewtwo transferred Harry’s whole being into Pikachu’s body. If that isn’t enough, in the scene where Tim and Pikachu are interrogating a Mr. Mime, Pikachu perfectly describes the strained relationship between Tim and Harry despite having amnesia.
Mewtwo’s personality stayed close to his original cynical and cryptic one from the very first Pokémon movie but before I saw the movie, I was doubtful at thought of Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu. It was an odd choice to me because he is the face and personality of Deadpool, a gun slinging, katana swinging, and brutally honest superhero but his contribution to Pikachu made the movie even more enjoyable. Overall, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a must-see and fun movie.