This lighthearted Pokemon-based movie gets 4 Icees.  Now, before you start on me let me say that I try to judge a movie based on what its genre, so I’m not comparing this movie to an action movie, drama or comedy. This is a kids’ movie, so I am judging it from the perspective, and from that perspective… this was a really fun movie and isn’t that why you go to the movies?  To have fun?  This one may be geared for kids, but even kids at heart will enjoy themselves.

First, you have Ryan Reynolds at his snarky best.  Throw in some delightful (and some scary) Pokemon and you have a formula for fun.  Full disclosure: I play Pokemon Go and I enjoy it, so I have “some” familiarity with Pokemon.  That may have helped my experience but I truly believe that even if you didn’t know what Pokemon were you’d still enjoy this movie because they explain things “just enough” to bring you up to speed without totally nerding out and do so in a way that doesn’t seem like you’re watching a documentary.

In addition to Ryan being Ryan, the movie also stars Justice Smith (Paper Towns, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Supernatural).  These two young people really give good performances, especially Justice.  Kathryn’s performance is good, but sometimes just a little much.

This movie is lighthearted and fun but does have some “peril” and action scenes so the PG is the appropriate rating for this.  Not PG-13… just PG.  The kids that were in the theater really seemed to enjoy it and as we were walking out I heard at least one parent say, “this movie is much better than I thought it would be”.  Now if that isn’t a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is!

If you are looking for a good movie to take your kids to that isn’t a Disney snooze-fest, this one works really well.

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