Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

dir. Rob Letterman. The film noir parody elements early on are lots of fun, but are disappointingly dropped half way along, and replaced with a generic alien/monster story. The humor never really works, and Ryan Reynolds comic timing is not really utilized. The concept of Pokémon and humans living together is a good idea, but not really explored – I was hoping for a similar dynamic to how ‘His Dark Materials’ shows humans and their dæmons working together. I suspect very young viewers (surely the intended audience?) would find the film noir influenced plot very confusing, it’s almost a parody of CHINATOWN (1974).

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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