Nothing can top how dreadful the plot was though. The movie combines tropes and falls into traps continuously right up until the end. At the very beginning, characters are introduced but are rarely in the film. It's like how they put Brian Cranston in the trailer for the first Godzilla movie and was killed off in 15 minutes. The main characters are a group of people that don't show up until all of the exposition has been laid out. They rival the human villain who ends up wanting to destroy the world because humans are a disease killing the planet. The story is embroiled in lazy writing and the lowest common denominator ideas, allowing the audience to turn off their brains and watch colors flash on
The movie also tries to have comedic moments peppered throughout to keep the tone light. This doesn't work in the first half of the film as no on in my theater even chuckled. Once Godzilla is introduced the humor does start to land, but for that first half its very cringey.
Ironically, since the visuals aren't that special, I can't recommend anyone seeing this in the theater. There is nothing exciting about this film and even less to be excited about for the next one. How can I believe that Kong has a chance against a lizard that shoots beams from his mouth? Yes, tons of characters needlessly die, the music pauses allowing for something shocking to happen, and some of these characters are returning for the third movie. It comes across as the laziest piece of entertainment put together, hoping big monsters fighting would carry the weight. Please never see this.
I was physically tired after watching the movie, it took so much effort to try and pay attention
walking around and believed in the world that was being shown off. The VFX were great considering I felt like this was a real place filled with tons of animals. It also had major Zootopia vibes—that scene where Judy first arrives is almost recreated here. This film has all the production to be taken seriously; it's shot on film and people cared while making it; all of which lends itself for the audience to enjoy it.
The problems come down to almost everything else. The plot was paper-thin. It was structured like how a child would tell a story, with them constantly going, "and then, and then, and then". Which really bleeds into how the characters came across because they came off as pretty basic. The dialogue is to blame since in some scenes, you could tell actors were trying to do a good job with the material that they were given. It must have been the script considering the dialogue just sucked. It wasn't even that funny of a movie with all the best parts being in the trailer. Any attempt at a joke that wasn't already shown didn't even make me giggle.
For all the praise I gave the CGI for bringing Pokémon to life, there is a sequence hinted at in the trailer that was awful. The whole thing looked fake and I don't understand how you make a forest seem unbelievable. The music, while not super great, does incorporate sounds from the games as a motif which can't be picked up when watching the movie. Finally, Ryan Reynolds isn't just doing Deadpool without cursing, he adds a lighter touch and smooths out the edges in his delivery.
It comes off more like a kids movie than anything, which isn't bad, but foregoes any depth to keeps adults invested. As pure eye candy and entertainment, it works. If you follow the brand or have children, this could be a good enough experience to see this in the theater. If you have never even heard of Pokémon other than when people were standing in the streets with their phones, this is not for you. As someone who has had some contact with the property and is a sucker for good CGI, I was entertained enough.
I guess you can say that the movie wasn't electrifying
As for actors, production, editing, music, and all the other stuff you talk about in a movie review, its all pretty good. John David Washington does a great job being the center of the movie. Adam Driver delivers a great performance of someone conflicted by the events that unfold. I believed that the movie took place in the 70's even though it was speaking for today's generation. My favorite thing about the music was the use of a theme. It had a song that would play throughout the movie, emphasizing moments of importance.
I think you probably know if you want to watch the movie or not based on the subject material. So my recommendation would be to see it at any time. It doesn't have to be on a big screen so you can wait to rent it on streaming.
It really is Spike Lee's best movie