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Legendary Pictures had already solidified their studio’s specialty for monsters with films like Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island. Now they’re off to conquer the cute and cuddly creatures with the first live-action Pokemon film, Detective Pikachu. The first trailer has dropped, and it gives us a look at what real-life Pokemon will actually look like.
Check it out:
Here’s the official description:
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 Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement 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 Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
Detective Pikachu is actually based on a game that has players working with a talking Pikachu as well. With this adaptation, it looks like they’re going with the Wilfred direction in a sense that only the protagonist Tim (Justice Smith) can understand Pikachu. To everyone else, Det. Pikachu just talks like a regular Pokemon.
Besides Tim, the story will also include a character named Lucy (Kathryn Newton) who is a reporter who is trying to catch her first big story. We also have Godzilla veteran Ken Watanabe playing Lt. Yoshida.
Let’s also not forget the big giant Snorlax in the room in the form of Ryan Reynolds who is voicing the titular Detective Pikachu.
Admittedly, reception of the trailer has been mixed, with people going heads or tails over the look of the Pokemon IRL. Despite that, reactions have mostly been positive.
Let’s see if Detective Pikachu managed to impress when the movie comes out May 10, 2019.