Ratchet and Clank Movie Review

Updated on April 29, 2016

Seeing some of my favorite video game characters on the silver screen was a surreal experience. Many attempts have been made to adapt video games to cinema, and have almost always failed until now. Ratchet and Clank lives up to the long running video game series’ legacy as fun, action filled, and immensely enjoyable. It is a movie meant for fans of the series both young and old. The humor is spot on Ratchet and Clank silliness with one liners and slapstick alike. Its fast pace fits well with its zany plot and cast of characters, and is especially fitting considering the reputation of the series it is based on. There’s never a dull moment as each scene quickly transitions into the next. Simply put, Ratchet and Clank is a fun animated sci-fi film for anyone who enjoys good old Playstation platforming games about Lombaxes.

The movie opens with villain Chairman Drek putting his evil plan into action by blowing up a planet for reasons that are supposed to benefit his own race. From there, we are introduced to the key characters one by one. Captain Qwark and the Galactic Rangers are bombastic, lovable idiots. Clank is a small, cute defective warbot. And Ratchet himself is a big-hearted, gifted mechanic who dreams for something bigger than upgrading ships with gadgets they don’t need. His characterization is a bit cliché, but a lot easier to love than the snarky, self-absorbed Ratchet from the original PS2 game.

Events quickly escalate as Ratchet and Clank join the Galactic Rangers and set to help them stop Chairman Drek and the temperamental mad scientist Dr. Nefarious. The action is fun and fluid, much like the games, and the plot does a good job mixing the original game’s story with new characters and elements. Ratchet, Clank, Qwark, and Nefarious are all voiced by their signature actors and are as spot on as you have come to expect. Paul Giamatti and John Goodman lend their voices to Drek and Ratchet’s guardian Grimroth respectively, and bring the level of talent you would expect from both these actors.

The animation may not be as jaw-dropping as recent Disney films, but is still bursting with color and solid design for each location. The guns themselves look amazing as well. Seeing fan favorite weapons from across the series’ history in action will be a treat for fans. Ever aware of its audience, the movie is sprinkled with Easter eggs throughout, like the inclusion of the Plumber and the legendary Sheepinator.

While the movie is an overall humorous great time, it is not without its faults. Some of the jokes do fall flat and the plot is pretty predictable. Even if you aren’t familiar with the original game, or the remake that also came out this year, there aren’t going to be many surprises in store as nothing is really left up for interpretation or suspense. Despite this, the movie still works as a great introduction to the classic dynamic duo as well as a rewarding homage to fans who have loved this series since its inception.

Ratchet and Clank is a solid movie fans of the series are likely to love and children unfamiliar with the series can still have a great time watching (and hopefully walk away wanting to play the games). While most video game movies fall flat, Ratchet and Clank proves that with love for the source material combined with solid animation and voice acting, it is possible to create a memorable movie pleasing to both fans and newcomers alike.

4/5

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