Movie Review: “Ratchet & Clank”

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Based on the popular video game series of the same name, the film follows how a lowly mechanic Ratchet teams up with a warbot defect named Clank. Basically, it’s a re-imagining of the first game in the series.

While the budget isn’t as big as its competition (e.g. Pixar and Dreamworks Animation), the animation quality was rather run-of-the-mill and unimpressive. It felt like a straight-to-DVD movie rather than a theatrical release. This is strange considering the fact that the animation studio, Rainmaker Entertainment, is responsible for “ReBoot”. The movie has the pacing of a kid on a sugar high. It’s a film that lacks focus.

Writing-wise, the movie thinks it’s smarter than it actually is. Much of the humor is pretty much your typical post-Shrek animated movie complete with pop culture references. Aside from a couple of in-jokes and a clever Wilhelm scream reference, the jokes in this movie mainly fall flat on its face. The characters felt one-dimensional and the dialogue felt routine.

Surprisingly, this film actually has some good actors such as Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, and Rosario Dawson amongst others. Although the overall cast did a decent job, the movie doesn’t know what to do with the talent it has.

While it is one of the better video game adaptations out there, this movie felt like a straight-to-DVD movie. There are much better animated movies out this year such as “Zootopia” and “The Boy and the Beast”. If you’re a “Ratchet & Clank” fan, stick to the games instead.

SCORE: 2/5

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