Pokémon Detective Pikachu ★★

Okay, so I am at a serious disadvantage going into the viewing of this movie. I never played any of the Pokemon games and my understanding of the entire series is only secondary in nature. Almost everyone recognizes Pikachu and might have heard the catchphrase "Got to catch them all", but beyond those two things, I was flying rather blind during the movie. It was okay. Clearly it was designed toward family viewings and to those who are familiar with the game. Overall, my reaction is rather bland and not interested in the movie. It's not to fault the movie itself but to the feeling of exclusivity or an already established familiarity with the story elements in order to enhance a viewer's enjoyment of the movie.