Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Director: Rob Letterman
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 2.0

Insurance guy Tim (Justice Smith) - who grew up wanting to be a Pokémon Trainer (Pokémon being cute little hybrid creatures that you 'catch' in the wild) - is told his estranged Dad died in a car crash ... but when looking through his father's apartment, he meets Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), his Dad's former partner (and amateur gumshoe), and the two set off to do some sloppy investigatin'.  I can't speak for everyone my age, but I'll admit here I grew up playing these games (I remember saving up money for the Gameboy versions) so the nostalgia factor hit me hard and it was neat being able to spot the different kinds of Pokémon in the background (Snorlax is blocking traffic!), but the 'plot' is only so-so, there's some over-acting issues and, for whatever reason, the studio decided to follow the trend of taking cutesy things and making them look dirty and grungy and haggard (Winnie the Pooh being a recent example) like decade old stuffed animals left out in an alley way for years (it's such an ugly world, can't we embrace the fantasy of adorableness?).  Reynolds' voice-acting adds a nice touch of sarcasm and sass, though at the end you'll probably want to load up your preferred game console and play the real thing.  For the record: mine is Jigglypuff.  No more questions about that....