The Ratchet & Clank Movie Is Actually Pretty Cool

The Ratchet & Clank Movie Is Actually Pretty Cool

A long-time fan's perspective

A.J. Maciejewski

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I went to see Ratchet & Clank at the theatre over the weekend and I must say; I had a good time. As a fan since the original game debuted back in 2002, it was great to finally see my favourite Lombax on the big screen.

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I don't remember any Galactic Rangers in the original game but they fit right in

First of all, I'm no movie reviewer. Therefore, this article is just my personal thoughts on the film. Anyway, I already played and completed the phenomenal PlayStation 4 Ratchet & Clank game that came out recently so I was excited to see the movie at the cinema. However, the theatre near me where I usually watch movies wasn't showing it so I had to go 45 minutes out of the way just to see it. Although that put me in a bad mood, as soon as I saw Ratchet appear onscreen, I was ready for some fun. Thankfully, Ratchet's antics were a joy to watch unfold.

At the beginning of the film, Ratchet is nothing but an excitable mechanic who wants to be a member of the Galactic Rangers. After applying and being rejected, he finds the crash-landed Clank near his garage. The two of them then head for a planet in crisis and through his reckless and heroic actions; citizens across the galaxy praise him as a hero and demand that the Galactic Rangers take him in as one of their own. From then on, they desperately try to thwart Chairman Drek's sinister plans and awesomeness ensues.

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I have a feeling this is the start of a beautiful friendship

Believe it or not, this is the first 3D movie that I've ever seen at the theatre. I couldn't care less about comic book films and such so I have yet come across a movie worth going to see in 3D. After watching Ratchet & Clank's hijinks come at me, I'm definitely more open to seeing more 3D films in the future. The most prominent scene that showcased 3D was when Ratchet was testing a few weapons in a chamber. When a saw comes towards you then goes back to cut the platform that he's standing on in half, it's hard not to smile.

Speaking of smiling, one issue that I have with the Ratchet & Clank movie is with its use of humour. It's mostly aimed towards children who find characters constantly slipping up funny. As an adult, some things made me smile but I only laughed once throughout the entire film. Because of this, it's best not to go in expecting a laugh riot. On the other hand, references to Sly Cooper and Jak and Daxter were fun to spot. At one point, the original PlayStation's startup sound even made an appearance which made me feel old.

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Who knew Dr. Nefarious and Chairman Drek were in cahoots?

Many new characters are introduced in this movie who add a welcome layer of personality. Ratchet works for Grimroth Razz who acts as a mentor. Their chemistry is a lot like a father and son which is quite heartwarming considering Ratchet doesn't know where he came from. The Galactic Rangers Cora and Brax are stereotypical badasses while Elaris' connection with Clank makes her a valuable addition to the story. Also, there's a few characters added just for comic relief who do decent jobs of appealing to kids.

New faces aside, after playing the excellent game based on this movie, I wish that more scenes were included. For example, you don't get to see Skid McMarx or Big Al at all. It would have been awesome to watch Ratchet compete in a hoverboard race but I guess that wouldn't have fit into the plot very well. Either way you look at it, there's enough missing that you'll want much more by the time the credits roll. That being said, the final scene explains more about Nefarious and leaves plenty of room for a sequel.

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Captain Qwark proudly holds up Ratchet & Clank

Even though the Ratchet & Clank movie doesn't hit all the high notes of the game, watching Ratchet and his pals on the big screen is an enjoyable experience for those who just can't get enough of the series. In the end, I'm glad that I went out of my way to see it.

Have you seen Ratchet & Clank yet? What do you think of it? Let's talk in the comments below!

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