Pokémon Detective Pikachu 3D 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

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.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Rated: PG

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Monday, May 27

    4 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 28

    4:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 29

    4:05 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Monday, May 27

    11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:50 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 28

    11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 29

    2:15 p.m., 4:50 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Monday, May 27

    2 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 28

    2 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 29

    12:35 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, May 28

    4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 29

    4:15 p.m.

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