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If only your nine-year-old self could know that eventually, after like, a bajillion tries, they finally made a great video game movie. Detective Pikachu stole hearts the second the trailer dropped last year, and surprised even the harshest fanboys when it became one of blockbuster season’s greatest hits.
In the first live-action Pokémon movie (there are countless animated ones), plucky young Tim Goodman must trek to Ryme City, a metropolis where pocket monsters and humans live together in harmony. That’s right: check your Poké Balls at the city limits, and have your pal follow you around like in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Goodman’s father Harry is missing, after poking his nose where it didn’t belong. Luckily, Harry’s partner Pokémon, a Pikachu with a deerstalker hat has the power to communicate with Tim, actually understands him. Together, they must uncover a citywide conspiracy, with powerful players that make Team Rocket look like boy scouts. The Pokémon universe comes alive in an adventure with twists and turns, with as much charm and heart as the games themselves. If you’ve ever embarked on a “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” adventure, you owe it to yourself to watch this gorgeous film.
Here’s everything you need to know to rent or buy Detective Pikachu.
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Detective Pikachu cast
- Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu
- Justice Smith as Tim Goodman
- Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens
- Suki Waterhouse as Ms. Norman
- Omar Chaparro as Sebastian
- Chris Geere as Roger Clifford
- Ken Watanabe as Detective Hideo Yoshida
- Bill Nighy as Howard Clifford
- Rita Ora as Dr. Ann Laurent
- Karan Soni as Jack
- Josette Simon as “Grams”
- Kadiff Kirwan as the Mayor of Ryme City
- Rina Hoshino and Kotaro Watanabe as Mewtwo (voice)
- Rachael Lillis as Jigglypuff (archive voice recording)
How to watch Detective Pikachu
The following are a few venues where you can rent or buy Detective Pikachu.
- Cost: $19.99 (for HD or SD) or $24.99 (for UHD)
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Apple TV, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield TV, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii
The online retail giant is also one of the premier destinations for online streaming. This is the easiest way to watch Detective Pikachu, no question. If you already have an Amazon account, buying in either HD or 4K will take seconds, and you can watch it anywhere you stream Amazon Video, from Amazon Fire Stick to Roku.
2) Fandango Now
- Cost: $19.99
- Devices: Samsung Smart TVs, internet browsers, iPad, iOS devices, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Android, Visio Smart TVs
Fandango and movies go hand in hand, and not just when it comes to buying tickets online. Plenty of hits and classics are available in the Fandango Now library, along with full seasons of your favorite shows. Detective Pikachu is available on Fandango Now in multiple formats. If you join Fandango VIP, you can rack up points to spend across Fandango and Fandango Now.
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- Cost: $19.99
- Devices: Samsung Smart TVs, Internet Browsers, iPad, iOS, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android, Visio Smart TVs, PlayStation
Vudu is a no-fuss way to rent movies online if you don’t want to bother signing up for anything. There’s a massive library of high-quality video content, including 4K movies. There are even piles of movies you can watch free as long as you sit through a few ads. Detective Pikachu is available to buy right now, in SD, HDX, and UHD. You’ll have to wait a little longer if you want to rent it.
4) Google Play
- Cost: $19.99
Google Play links to your Google account and media can be accessed from any Google Play-enabled device.
- Cost: $19.99
If you happen to prefer streaming on iOS devices, buying Detective Pikachu on iTunes is your best bet.
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.