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Ratchet and Clank movie review – Spoiler Free!

 

 
Overview
 

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, Bella Thorne, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Rosario Dawson, Sylvester Stallone, John Goodman, Paul Giamatti
 
Theatrical Release Date: April 29, 2016
 
Synopsis: When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.
 
Related Product: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 4 game
 
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The Good


  • Top notch voice acting
  • Family friendly
  • Captures the spirit of the game franchise

The Bad


Might feel a little generic, at times, to those not familiar with the game series


Bottom Line

Fans of the game franchise and parents looking for family-friendly entertainment will find a lot to like about the Ratchet and Clank movie.

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This Ratchet and Clank movie review is spoiler-free.
Lombax fans rejoice! The Ratchet and Clank movie has arrived!

Lombax fans rejoice! The Ratchet and Clank movie has arrived.

Family Fun

As a parent, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find family-friendly movies for my kids. That’s one of the reasons I’m grateful for rarities like Ratchet and Clank. Not only is the film appropriate for all ages, but the vibrant characters and colorful imagery are sure to please younger viewers.

If you’re a fan of the Ratchet and Clank game series, you probably know that the themes and dialogue sometimes cross into the PG-13 realm. Concerned parents can rest easy, as the movie is a tamer retelling of Ratchet and Clank’s adventures. In fact, the raciest thing about the Ratchet and Clank movie is probably the slogan on the poster, “Kick some asteroid.”

Speaking of fans of the games…

Galactic Rangers unite! Ratchet and Clank movie

Galactic Rangers unite!

A love letter to the fans

Director Kevin Munroe clearly understands and appreciates the Ratchet and Clank fan base. I can’t go into detail without getting all spoilery, but eagle-eyed viewers will spot a number of Easter eggs placed throughout the film. And not just from the Ratchet and Clank franchise.

I’ve said too much.

Just watch closely and enjoy the sly winks to all of us gamers.

Yes, as a matter of fact, Cora IS tougher than you. Ratchet and Clank movie

Yes, as a matter of fact, Cora IS tougher than you

The Galactic Rangers isn’t just a boy’s club

I always appreciate strong female characters, especially when they’re written and performed with a dash of humor. I’m looking forward to my daughters seeing Ratchet and Clank. Not only was Ratchet and Clank the first video game they ever played, but I know they will love and identify with the characters of Cora and Elaris, voiced by Bella Thorne and Rosario Dawson.

Paul Giamatti and Sylvester Stallone lend their voices to Drek and Victor Von Ion in the Ratchet and Clank movie

Paul Giamatti and Sylvester Stallone lend their voices to Drek and Victor Von Ion

So. Much. Voice Talent.

The Ratchet and Clank movie is a who’s who of voice talent. In addition to the aforementioned Bella Thorne and Rosario Dawson, the film includes the likes of John Goodman, Sylvester Stallone, and Paul Giamatti. And that’s in addition to the fan favorite voice actors who also bring the Ratchet and Clank games to life, James Arnold Taylor (Ratchet), David Kaye (Clank), and Jim Ward (Captain Qwark).

One of the things that most pleasantly surprised me about Ratchet and Clank was the voice performance of Paul Giamatti. Had I not known that he voiced Chairman Drek in the film, I wouldn’t have even realized he was a member of the cast. That says a lot about his ability to deliver a unique vocal performance that is different from his own voice.

Fan favorites James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye are as charming as ever in the Ratchet and Clank movie

Fan favorites James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye are as charming as ever

Final thoughts

If I have any nitpick with the Ratchet and Clank movie, it’s that older viewers who are unfamiliar with the game franchise might not fully appreciate how faithful the film is to the characters the rest of us have come to know and love, and might dismiss it as being sometimes generic family entertainment. But those who keep an open mind will discover a wonderful jumping off point for the world of Ratchet and Clank.

Those of us who are already fans of Insomniac Games’ contribution to gaming will find even more to like about the lovable Lombax and his robot sidekick.

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Tim Wells

 
Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.