The long awaited Ratchet and Clank movie has arrived for fans. The long running video game series announced the movie back in April of 2013 and fans could not have been more excited for it.
Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor), Captain Qwark (Jim Ward), Clank (David Kaye), Doctor Nefarious (Armin Shimerman) all reprise their role for the movie from the games, but it also had some celebrity voices in there for the rest of the cast including: Chairman Drek (Paul Giamatti), Victor Von Ion (Sylvester Stallone) and Elaris (Rosario Dawson).
The movie took the plot heavily from the first game, but drew upon all the games for characters, villains and weapons. That is understandable as the movie was a retelling of the beginning of Ratchet and Clank.
The movie starts off with Ratchet working in a small time garage. He does mundane repairs but wants to show off his flair and creativity by joining his hero Captain Qwark in the Galactic Rangers. In comes Clank with the plan from Chairmen Drek to attack the HQ of the Galactic Rangers. Arriving late to the attack, they save the day and Captain Qwark, wanting to save face in front of the public, reluctantly makes them Galactic Rangers.
The movie definitely has some elements of the games, the breakable boxes everywhere you would break to get bolts, references to Daxter and Sly cooper, and all of the different weapons they use. One of my biggest complaints with the movie is they brought up one of the best weapons and didn’t even use it! The R.Y.N.O (Rip You a New One) was the hardest to obtain, but also the most powerful in the first game. The fact that they showed it, but never used it, was definitely a disappointment.
The Ratchet and Clank movie is definitely geared towards young children and it has a lot of the same humour that the games have, which was refreshing. This movie is not 100% based on the games, but rather simply a movie with all the elements taken from the game. Overall I think this is a great movie if you are a fan of the franchise or even just a great movie for kids. If you are not a fan of the franchise then you might not find this movie as appealing, and that’s alright! This movie knows who its target audience is and definitely hits all the right points with them.