Pokémon Detective Pikachu 3D 1.0 stars

Pokémon Detective Pikachu 3D movie poster

For a while, the first live-action Pokemon movie’s achievements are enough: first and foremost among them, Ryme City, a vibrant urban world in which Pokemon and people live cheek-by-jowl and it doesn’t seem unbearably weird or impossible. (Nor does it seem morally complicated, since the city’s residents have gotten past that whole “gotta catch ‘em all, store ‘em in a globular prison, and then make ‘em fight each other” mindset.) Second, a mystery that plays like a Young Person’s Introduction to the Great Private Eye Stories of Yesteryear. All the requisite elements, cleaned up just enough to make ‘em kid-friendly: your illegal drugs, your violent underworld, your feisty dame, your powerful interests, and your story of a tragic death that somehow doesn’t quite ring true. And speaking of cleaned-up: Ryan Reynolds manages to find Deadpool’s sweet inner child for his role as the amnesiac-but-still-wisecracking Detective Pikachu. So yes, there are virtues to set against the strange emotional flatness (there’s never a sense of danger, and there should be), the big mid-movie slowdown (shoulda trimmed it to 90 minutes, tops), and the wheels-off-the-bus final act with its loopy Big Reveals and goopy Big Emotions. Maybe kids will love it. But I’m guessing that once Reynolds’ adorable schtick wears thin, they’ll be waiting for it to end. 2019.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

2:20pm, 5:00pm

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

4:45pm, 7:20pm, 9:55pm

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

2:15pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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Wednesday, May 22

3:00pm, 6:05pm, 9:00pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

2:15pm, 5:00pm

Thursday, May 23

2:15pm

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA, 951-699-4970 | Directions

Thursday, May 23

1:30pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

6:10pm

Thursday, May 23

12:45pm, 6:10pm

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