There are some movies that are saved by low expectations (and others like Hail Cesar that are hurt by high). Ratchet and Clank is one of the former. I had very little hopes it would be a good film. Video game movies are usually terrible and the first trailer was pretty mediocre.
So, I went to the theater this morning hoping it would be bearable and you know what? It turned out to be a cute little movie. Is it a masterpiece? No, but I was entertained throughout and in the world of video game movies it is head and shoulders above the rest (I know not saying much but it is true).
Ratchet and Clank is based on the video game of the same name which evidently had a reboot this week to coincide with the movie. I’m not sure what fans of the game will think of the film but I thought it was a cute little movie for kids.
It kind of reminded me of Jimmy Neutron or the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger shorts. It is about a lombax named Ratchet who dreams of joining the Galactic Rangers- a group kind of like the Furious 5 of KFP movies that protect the galaxy from invaders.
While auditioning he meets a robot named Clank and they end up battling an evil alien named Chairman Drek who is overseen by Doctor Nefarious.
The humor is actually kind of self-aware and subtle. I was expecting a lot of bathroom humor like we got in last years Home but this was better than that.
You also get to know the team of Galactic Rangers particularly an arrogant one named Captain Qwark who had some decent laughs.
There’ s a nice heart to the film without it feeling forced and it clips along pretty well. I wasn’t bored and found the animation to be impressive for the small budget.
I am sure some you wouldn’t see this unless you were dragged screaming and I get that but I honestly liked it much more than I was expecting too. It’s more made for kids and what I mean by that is there is none of the deep themes or emotions you get in a Pixar movie. This is just a fun little space adventure for kids. Nothing wrong with that.
The vocal performances worked with some of the voices from the game including James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye reprising their roles of Ratchet and Clank. They also have Sylvester Stallone, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman and Bella Thorne. I also liked the music by Evan Wise.
Overall it just felt like all involved were really trying to make something good and that they were having a lot of fun. I appreciate that.
I don’t know how the critics will treat Ratchet and Clank. Like I said it’s not a masterpiece but for what it is, I thought it was entertaining. I think your kids will enjoy it and I’ve heard some game fans are liking it as well. It’s definitely nothing to be embarrassed by or miserable watching like Norm of the North.
If any of you see it let me know what you think.
Overall Grade- B-
9 thoughts on “Ratchet and Clank Review”
Are you going to watch huntsman winters war
I was going to but then the reviews have been so bad. We’ll see if I have time
Since this is from the same company that brought us ‘Escape from Planet Earth’ which I honestly thought wasn’t all that bad, I have a little bit of hope for this film as well.
Yeah I havent seen that one but this is solid entertaining film
One of my friends from university is a HUGE “Ratchet and Clank” fan, ever since he was a kid; and I would be very curious to hear what he would think about it if I showed it to him. I’m a lot more optimistic about this film now that I’ve read your review.
Also, if this is the first official video game movie of the year, lets hope “Warcraft” and “Assassin’s Creed” manage to be solid films in their own right as well; as this could well be the year of the first legitimately good video game adaptations. How crazy would that be?
That would be amazing! I am curious to see what critics will think of this film. I have a feeling they will be tough on it comparing it to the Disneys and Pixars but I could appreciate it for what it is- a fun little space movie for kids. Would be kind of cool if they see it that way.
Anyway I would like to see these 3 video game movies be good because the fans have been disappointed so many times. I think Assasins Creed has the most potential but this is a good start
Even though Warcraft has the most potential to mess up, I’m still rooting for it to surprise us. There is a silver lining in Duncan Jones directing the film. He’s proven his filmmaking chops on Moon, and he has a huge love of the game and it’s lore, and I can see it being more lighthearted and adventuresome than the Tolkien films whilst still being an entertaining fantasy.
I hope so. I have not liked the trailers.
The first trailer got me excited, the most recent on was terrible!