The trailer for Pokemon Detective Pikachu makes the movie look like a funny videogame adaptation fantasy. However, the film doesn't come close to living up to the trailer. If you have seen the trailer then you have seen the best parts. The actual film is a mess. A big mess.
Nothing is developed properly. There are many cliches recycled from other movies that we are just supposed to accept because the language of film tells us what they are. The barely coherent story feels like it was written for 12-year-olds by a 12-year-old. The slightly less coherent action sequences feel designed for 10-year-old Japanese boys. The simplicity of the dialog bugged the hell out of me.
At times I felt like I was being subjected to something instead of being entertained. For a brief moment, it reminded me of watching Howard The Duck in 1986, which is really saying something.
This is extremely lazy filmmaking. Even though the movie is an hour and 40 minutes long, it is too short because the film doesn't come close to realizing its full potential. There is so much more that should have been explained and explored.
Despite all these problems, the story and character development are almost good enough to make the movie worth watching. The premise is interesting. Some of the special effects are fantastic, even though the story behind them is barely passable.