Ratchet and Clank holds a very special place in my heart like millions more like me, and for years fans have compared these amazing games to Pixar films. The comparison has always been apples to oranges, but no longer. Sony and Rainmaker Studios have brought Ratchet and Clank to the big screen and the movie based not on the game is exactly what I wanted. The Ratchet and Clank movie needs to be taken with a grain of salt, not because it didn’t deliver on an amazing, but because this movie is geared towards a younger audience. Ratchet and Clank: The Movie is a light hearted re-imagining of the classic PlayStation 2 game, with core elements still happening and some new pieces added in. Fans of the original game will notice some major changes added to the story, from the dynamic between Ratchet and Clank (R&C) to the addition of an organic Dr. Nefarious. For fans of the entire series of R&C will know who Dr. Nefarious is as Captain Qwarks greatest nemesis, however the movie dives deeper into their relationship. However, because of the deeper look into Nefarious and Qwark the Ratchet and Clank relationship seems to be put on the back burner. This is a missed opportunity. This is where the the child like element took over and you can tell that Sony and Rainmaker didn’t want to Ratchet and Clanks relationship too complicated for the young viewer.
Rainmaker and Sony spared no expense when making this movie. From voice actors to the animation you forget this movie isn’t made by Dreamwork or Disney. For fan of the games you notice that all the main voice actors have returned from James Arnold Taylor (Ratchet) to David Kaye (Clank) to new major talent of John Goodman, Sylvester Stallone, and Paul Giamatti. All of these voices come together an amazing, engaging way to make you forget these characters aren’t real. Sony and Rainmaker have created a movie that is on par visually with what Pixar and Disney are doing, and that is now small feat.
Ratchet and Clank was an amazing experience that brought my childhood on screen. With easter eggs everywhere from Clank trying to figure out what spices Ratchet is by comparing him to PlayStation fan favorites Daxter and Sly to also the long running joke of Dan Johnson, who is a costume of an Insomniac level designer that Ratchet could wear in almost every game. There are a great deal of past easter eggs as well. While avoiding spoilers, when Qwark is messing with a computer and the computer plays the original PlayStation startup sound, to meeting a certain Galactic Hero you notice her playing Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal. The humor is what you expect from a R&C game, however I personally feel there wasn’t enough adult humor. Again, this movie is geared toward a younger audience, however the games have always had some crude humor involved and the movie sorely missed. Although the Ratchet and Clank movie falls short at times the nostalgia and quality of this movie more than makes up for it. Ratchet and Clank is a light hearted, fun, quirky thrill of a movie and any fan should watch.
Things we liked
Things we disliked
-No adult humor
-Lack of the dynamic relationship between Ratchet and Clank