Ratchet & ClankApril. 13,2016 PG
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Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they'll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one's own identity.
When a video game is turned into a movie, it's usually done very poorly. Movies like Super Mario Bros., Resident Evil, Need for Speed, and others have been panned by critics for not being well translated to the silver screen. I don't know why that is, maybe it's because it doesn't have the same passion that the game has, or maybe it's because the makers of the film haven't even touched the game in their lives. I bring this up because the move I'm reviewing today, "Ratchet and Clank", is based on a very successful PlayStation platform-shooter. Critics have panned this movie for not being translated well to the big screen. Now having finally seen it, I'll say this. It's not as bad as what many critics have been saying, but it's certainly not a good movie and I mean by any means.The story focuses on a Lombax named Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor). He's a spaceship mechanic and dreams of wanting to become a member of the Galactic Rangers led by the egotistical Captain Qwark (Jim Ward). One day, he bumps into a defect robot that he calls Clank (David Kaye) who warns of an impending invasion of robots into a populated city led by a robot lieutenant played by Sylvester Stallone. How was Clank created you ask? By a cliché lightning strike that happened when the villain's accomplice, a mad scientist, does his evil laugh. Yeah, just go with it. After defeating the army and earning praise from the city, Ratchet becomes a Galactic Ranger while poor Clank is pushed into a broom closet with the tactical supporter (Rosario Dawson). So it's up to Ratchet and the others to stop a planet destroyer built by a villain who I only remember because he was played by Paul Giamatti.I knew I was in for trouble when I saw the movie had eight production companies. Yes, you read that right. Eight companies who obviously didn't review the film and just sent it into theaters. But let;'s not talk about the companies, let's talk about the film itself. The biggest problem with "Ratchet and Clank" is the editing and it's really, really bad. The movie is so rushed and just wants to get itself over with. It also would just randomly cut to the next scene not very properly and it just left me very confused. Some scenes made me think that they were cut scenes just taken from the new game itself, particularly a scene where Ratchet demonstrates some weapons. The story is also not very good. It's not awful, but it's just standard. We've seen some elements before and it does nothing really new with them. With that said though, there are a couple funny jokes in this film. Not a lot, but some where funny enough to get a chuckle out of me. For example, a character that falls does the famous Wilhelm Scream and one of his buddies shouts "Wilhelm!" to him. I'll admit that was pretty clever. I just wish the rest of the film was like that. The characters, with the exception of the leads which I'll get to later, are pretty forgettable. I really don't remember their names or what personalities they had particularly the villains who I only remember based on what they look like. One character that I partially hated throughout the movie was Captain Quark. I can't stand egotistical characters and this character was so unlikable and just absorbed of himself that I really just wanted to punch him. The animation I'm pretty split about. Some times the characters models look like there ready for a theatrical release while others looked like they were made for a direct-to-DVD movie. But by far, the best element of the movie are actually the main characters themselves, Ratchet and Clank. They both have likable personalities and have a friendship which is actually relatable. Now had the film focused more on the friendship focusing on the two of them, we probably would have a good movie. However, that was not the case."Ratchet and Clank" is a pretty unbalanced movie. It had promise, but in my opinion it failed to deliver at parts. It's certainly not a bad video game movie as trust me there have been far worse movies, but it's definitely not a good one. To be honest, I think it's pretty forgettable. It's not a bad time waster for kids as it's pretty harmless, but to be honest I would just get them that new Ratchet and Clank game instead.
Let me just say that I absolutely love the Ratchet & Clank games. I've been playing them since I first got my PlayStation 2, which the series debuted on. They were great third-person shooters that never took themselves seriously, even to the point where they got away with putting innuendos in the titles of almost every installment. As a result, the series became one of the staples of the PlayStation brand.However, as what has been proved time and time again with movies like "Doom", "Hitman", and more infamously, "Super Mario Brothers", adapting a video game into a movie is a lot harder than it sounds, and while this movie is not as bad as those, it's something else. Lemme ask you this: Have you ever browsed YouTube and searched up all the cutscenes of a certain game you like combined in one video? Well, I have out of boredom, and I can tell you right now that that's exactly what this movie is.The film is a re-imagining of the story told in the very first game on the PS2. In short, Chairman Drek (Paul Giamatti), the head of Drek Enterprises, is destroying planet after planet in the Solana Galaxy to build the perfect planet, and two unlikely heroes, a lombax named Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor), and a defective robot named Clank (David Kaye), are the galaxy's only hope in stopping Drek and his two cohorts, robot leader Victor (Sylvester Stallone) and mad scientist Dr. Nefarious (Armin Shimerman).People have been giving this movie a lot of hate since it came out, and after watching this film, I can understand why. It's the video game, but without the video game. Granted, the animation is decent, and the voice acting is what you'd expect if you've played the games. In fact, they brought back several of the main voice actors who played the characters in the games, so I can say that it is a major plus. Story-wise, it's the generic "I wanna be a hero" plot line that has practically become the mother of all clichés. Even though this is a family picture, you can bet that adults like myself who watch the film are going to groan for hearing this type of story for the umpteenth time. As for the jokes, there were quite a few that I chuckled at, and I love the tongue & cheek references to the PlayStation brand.Overall, all I can sum up for this movie is, my god, did it try. It is a harmless movie for kids and fans of the games. However, if you've played the current game on the PS4, which uses this movie as cutscenes, or aren't a fan of the games, there's really no point in watching this movie. It's nowhere near the worst video game-based movie out there, but for all intents and purposes, stick with playing the game. It's actually a lot of fun.
If there was ever a movie I could kick myself for going to see it would be this one, I mean what the heck was I thinking going to see this joke of a movie? And the theater I went to see it in charge nine dollars to go see it and it was without a shadow of a doubt the worst movie I ever spend on a movie ticket.If You wanted to see a movie based off a video game you be better off watching a fan made video game movie because they have done a better job than this joke of a movie.At first it started off with a good promise to have been a family movie but as the movie went on I was waiting for the movie to be over. It just got worse as the movie went on all this movie is about is a retelling on the story of Ratchet & Clank which I never play any of the games and thanks to this movie it's highly doubtful that I will ever play them.The voice acting in the game is some of the most disappointing I ever heard it's like the actors and actresses didn't even try just like they were there to pick up a paycheck which from what I learn this movie bomb so it's highly the DVD sales will make up the differenceThe Animation in the movie had is fair share of impressive work but it just feels like you're watching a video game movie nothing more nothing less.I swear I couldn't even begin to rant about how much I hated this movie if there was one movie I wish I didn't see it would be this one because it is just awful and such a waste of time do yourself a favor never watch this movie.I give Ratchet & Clank an 2 out of 10
Best suited to an audience over the age of around 15 through adult because of the subtle humor and parodies of traditional animated movies as well as traditional films, plots & characters; best appreciated by an older audience. Animation, modeling, layout, effects, lighting were good (not quite up to the high standards of "The Jungle Book", but far better than most. Character creation contained some parodies (spoofing) and were spot on. Voicing was quite good despite using some name actors which often are not convincing in animation voicing. Story line was creative (not the usual formula dumbed down rewrite). An interesting Canadian, US, and China collaboration.