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First Trailer for Ryan Reynolds's 'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu' Is Completely Bonkers -- And It Works!

Written by Brooke Sharland. Published: November 12 2018


When we first heard the news of a Pokémon movie starring Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu almost a year ago, we didn't know quite what to make of it. Now, the first trailer for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu was just released and, wow… this is a lot to take in.




So, let’s break down the coolest parts of this trailer and how it connects to our plot. The film follows Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), whose father (Detective Harry Goodman, played by Paul Kitson) has suddenly gone missing. His dad was clearly a legend, but Tim says he’s nothing like his father. Tim’s childhood dream of being a Pokémon trainer never worked out, and now he spends his days in an office.


One night, Tim hears noises in his living room and grabs a stapler, of all things, to defend himself with. So when he says he’s nothing like his dad… he really means it. The kid has no clue what the heck he’s doing. But, no fear, it’s just Pikachu… or, uh… Detective Pikachu (Reynolds). The adorable little Pokémon tries to translate to Tim, saying, “I know you can’t understand me, but put down the stapler or I will electrocute you.” When Tim can understand Pikachu, something no one else can do (everyone else just hears “PikaPika”), they team up. Pikachu is Tim’s best bet at finding his father, who was Pikachu’s old partner.


Of course, chaos ensues and the duo find themselves in various troubling scenarios, even interrogating Mr. Mime, which was a hysterical “good cop, bad cop” moment from the trailer that’s sure to make you laugh.


I truly don’t think I ever expected a live-action Pokémon movie where Ryan Reynolds, of all people, would be voicing Pikachu, but after seeing this trailer, I can honestly say I’m excited to see how this film will turn out! It’s a good plot that features all the Pokémon you grew up with, and it seems like it’ll be one hell of a time. Of note, the film was co-written by Nicole Perlman, who also wrote the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie and Captain Marvel, as well as the upcoming Black Widow film.


What do you guys think? Are you excited to see this film?


Check out the trailer above, and be sure to catch Pokémon: Detective Pikachu when it comes to theaters May 10, 2019!


(Image via Warner Bros.)


- Brooke Sharland, YH Contributing Writer