There are some things you don’t know you want until you get them. And then there are things like Detective Pikachu that you know for a fact you don’t want but you’re going to get anyway. And they might even be evil.
That’s pure speculation on my part, but the evidence is there. Terrifyingly realistic-looking Pokemon in a live-action world where everyone can see them and they adorn police missing posters? A world where Pikachu not only talks but does so with the voice of Ryan Reynolds, like he has been horrifically possessed by Deadpool? There’s no way this can be acceptable in our society.
Yet, here we are. Slated for a May 11, 2019 release, just one week after the next Avengers film, Detective Pikachu will officially contort our timeline into some unrecognisable pastiche of reality where popular culture has become entirely self-aware and gobbled up all logic and reason.
Here’s the official plot synopsis: “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 also stars Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird, TV’s Big Little Lies) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Godzilla, The Last Samurai) as Lt. Yoshida.
If you have a profound sense of self-loathing and a curious desire to see evil incarnate, you can check out the Detective Pikachu trailer below.