While the world was treated to the Pokemon: Detective Pikachu trailer today, IGN and a small group of press were invited to Legendary headquarters to screen two additional scenes from the movie. As you’ve no doubt gleaned from the trailer, the whole production is driven by Ryan Reynolds’ hilarious turn as Detective Pikachu, and the two scenes highlight his unique brand of humor.
(We also got a look at several to-scale models of what certain Pokemon look like in live-action and an awesome prop Pokemon chess set, which you can see below.)
The first scene saw protagonist Tim Goodman talking to Detective Pikachu inside the Hi-Hat Cafe, a coffee bar with a Ludicolo barista. Any good detective has a bar they frequent, but given this is a kid-friendly affair, Detective Pikachu gets his fix by drinking endless cups of coffee instead of bottles of booze. This scene was from early on in the film where they establish the main mystery of the movie: Tim thinks his father, detective Harry Goodman, died in an accident, but Detective Pikachu convinces him that he’s likely still alive and there’s a larger conspiracy afoot, so they need to find Tim’s dad and find out who’s behind his disappearance. Eventually Pikachu does win Tim over and they agree to work on the case together, but it doesn’t come without a great deal of bickering between the two. As the trailer highlighted, Tim is pretty caught off guard by the fact that he can understand Pikachu, so he’s justifiably rattled, but he also finds Pikachu to be a little grating and hard to handle.