Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2019)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): B

USA//, 2019, , , Story by , , , Screenplay by Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, , , based on Pokemon created by , , , and an original story by , and characters by Cinematography by Produced by , , , Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by , .

All those people running into live traffic while staring at their smartphones can now safely watch someone else catch Pokemon characters in a movie theatre, though they might prefer the dangers of the video game to what this bland film has to offer. After finding out that his journalist father has died, young travels to Ryme City, the place where humans and Pokemon live side by side without anyone needing to catch anyone else.  Finding his dad’s office, he discovers something unusual: his late father’s Pikachu companion can speak English and does so with ’ voice!  These two team up and go on a search to discover the truth behind his father’s death and unearth a conspiracy having to do with genetically modified Pokemons that puts them in the way of an ambitious reporter () investigating the same thing. There’s some good effort put into the production design, while the plot, though never more than a pale retread of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, is cute and clever, but the direction is dreadful and the actors never quite look like they know how to pretend to feel about their CGI companions.  Few of the adults who ever got into the game will be entertained by this, while children will probably be more confused than amused.

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