I Choose You!

A boy with dreams of becoming the next Pokémon master teams up with a talking Detective Pikachu to solve the mystery of his missing father.

Article Published on 30.04.2019

Having already conquered the video game world multiple times thanks to seven generations of Nintendo RPGs, the Pokémon franchise is once again setting its sights on cinema – in live-action form for the very first time. Ryan Reynolds takes on the title role as the wise-cracking electrified critter, joining forces with Tim (Justice Smith), who acts as the only person capable of understanding him.

Both find themselves swept up in a deep mystery that involves the disappearance of Tim’s father and legendary Ryme City detective Harry Goodman. Their journey will see them cross paths with an eclectic cast of familiar Pokémon – including Charizard, Greninja, Mr Mime, and others – as eventually, with the help of Detective Pikachu, Tim uncovers a wider plot threatening the whole Pokémon universe.

This latest Pokémon effort is directed by Rob Letterman, a filmmaker most famous for other family-friendly fare like Shark Tale, Gulliver’s Travels, and Goosebumps. This ensures that the movie will have enough fun and frolics for everyone who sees it, being a largely standalone adventure that can be enjoyed by those with or without a prior knowledge of the Pokémon franchise’s long legacy.

Previous Pokémon Films

Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)

A continuation of the popular 90s cartoon which carried on the story of Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and friends, documenting the rise of Mewtwo and his legion of clone Pokémon.

I Choose You! (2017)

Aiming to be an easy jumping-on point for new fans, released as a re-telling of Ash Ketchum’s early days as a Pokémon trainer, featuring a tweaked art style, two new companions for Ash, and Pikachu speaking English.

The Power Of Us (2018)

A direct follow-up to I Choose You!, shaking up the format by featuring multiple stories in one film wherein Ash meets five other residents who must come together to save the day during Fula City’s annual Wind Festival.

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