|Director||Kevin Munroe and Jericca Cleland|
|Cast||James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Silvester Stallone and Bella Thorne|
|Running Time||1 Hour 34 Min.|
After we played through the game twice, we sat down and watched the film adaptation of the two intergalactic super heroes Ratchet and Clank. The film is based on the game franchise specifically the reimagined title which released earlier in April.
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The movie has the same plot as the game and follows Ratchet and his robot sidekick Clank on an adventure to stop Chairmen Drek from destroying the solar system in an attempt to build a perfect planet. As simple as it sounds, there are some elements of betrayal and empowerment in the film as new characters are introduced throughout the film. Plot-wise, it is a solid villain versus super hero scenario as Ratchet and Clank go to many lengths to try to stop Drek.
All our favourite character from the series are in the film. Captain Quark as his usual pretentious self, and Dr Nefarious in all his loud mouth glory. As the movie goes on you start to get attached to all the characters thrown at you, and if you have played the video game series, including all the PS3 and PS2 versions, it is nice to see how they all started out in the series. The movie also has a few hidden gems for those who have stuck with the franchise for a long time like guns and jokes which relate to other adventures Ratchet and Clank have been on in previous games. Saying that, the film has made sure to cater for all audience members, whether or not you have played the video game franchise.
The characters and story are well introduced without any confusion. We felt that the film also did each main role justice in showcasing their best and worst moments in the film. There are some weak character progression points, and a few moments when a character misses a great opportunity for a joke, but these awkward moments are scarce.
Comedy in the film is just as you would expect it and it follows the great one-liners from the game series. But here were a few moments which left us in an awkward position like the overuse of the cell phone texting joke between Drek and his henchman. There were moments of chuckles. But altogether there was nothing that left us in stitches. Comparing it to the game, the film failed to truly showcase the humour found in the game series.
The film looks great from start to finish. The locations are gorgeously designed and characters are well animated. Ratchet’s fur and Clank’s blurred reflection on his metal body all look fantastic and at times we wanted to pause the film to just look at some of the scenes in full detail. Voice work is also on point with some really talented voice artists backing the characters. John Goodman plays Grimroth, Ratchet’s sort of adopted father figure, Sylvester Stallone takes on Victor Von Ion, and Bella Thorne plays Cora. The star of the film is obviously Dr Nefarious who is played by none other than Armin Shimerman who has voiced Dr Naferious in every single Ratchet and Clank title in the past.
Ratchet and Clank might not be the Toy Story of 2016, but it has the potential to become a great film series. If you have played all the games, then you will feel right at home. If you have not played them, the film does well to introduce everything to you without you feeling confused. Sure the plot has a few holes in it, and the comedy might be a bit awkward at times, but it’s a great animation that looks and sounds fantastic.