Pokémon Detective Pikachu 2019: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu 2019 movie is an urban fantasy mystery film directed by Rob Letterman. Based on the Pokémon franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri and the 2016 video game Detective Pikachu, it was written by Letterman, Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, and Derek Connolly, from a story by Hernandez, Samit and Nicole Perlman. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures in association with Toho.
It is the first live-action Pokémon film. Ryan Reynolds stars as the voice and facial motion capture of Pikachu, with Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy in live-action roles.
Filming took place from January to May 2018 in Colorado, England, and Scotland. It was released in Japan on May 3, 2019, and in the United States on May 10, 2019, distributed by Warner Bros. Entertainment in RealD 3D and Dolby Cinema.
It is the first Pokémon film to be distributed theatrically in the United States by Warner Bros. since Pokémon 3: The Movie (2000), and with a PG rating from the MPAA, it is also the first Pokémon film released in the United States not to receive a G rating.
Detective Pikachu received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the creature designs and Reynolds’ performance although criticizing the plot for being too standard.
It is the best-reviewed live-action film adaptation of a video game, according to Rotten Tomatoes. With a worldwide gross of $429 million, it is the eighth highest-grossing film of 2019 and is the second-highest-grossing video game adaptation. A sequel is currently in development.