Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet & Clank is a computer-animated science-fiction action comedy film based on the video game series of the same name. It was originally announced in 2013.
Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy lombax who grew up without a family. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. After stumbling upon a weapon that can destroy entire planets, they join forces with a team of do-gooders known as the Galactic Rangers. Together, they must stop the evil alien Chairman Drek from utilizing this dangerous technology. Along the way, Ratchet and Clank learn valuable lessons about heroism, friendship, and discovering one's own identity.
- The entire movie feels like an uncut cutscene.
- Most characters become very clichéd compared to their counterparts in the original series:
- Ratchet is changed from a very flawed character who becomes nobler due to his experiences over the course of the game, to a boring wide-eyed goody-two-shoes who just has a bunch of things happen to him.
- Ratchet and Clank constantly argued and never got along until the end of the game where they became friends, which gave their relationship more depth because they were only traveling together out of obligation and slowly learned to trust each other after putting their differences aside. Here, they just become friends right away, and barely even interact with each other afterward.
- Captain Qwark was a fraud who stole credit from other heroes to become famous and was deliberately working with Drek while being directly antagonistic towards Ratchet (and was even the main antagonist of the second game), and took so long to come to any kind of redemption until the third game. Here, he's an actual hero who becomes jealous of Ratchet stealing the spotlight from him and is basically tricked into helping Drek, regretting it immediately.
- Supreme Executive Director Chairman Drek was a con artist who intentionally polluted the planet Orxon so he could build a new planet and charge money to all the Blarg, then repeat the same scam over and over again. Here, he's a generic movie villain and is unceremoniously replaced by Nefarious as the main antagonist.
- The film rushes the plot of the original game.
- Misleading title: Despite the main characters being Ratchet and Clank, Captain Qwark gets the largest character arc. Ratchet and Clank themselves get almost no character development.
- The Galactic Rangers, despite the fact that they didn't even exist when the original game was released, are just there so the movie could make some sexist jokes since the male members are meatheads and the female members are attractive and intelligent
- It has the need to shoehorn in references to the games, as well as PlayStation and pop-culture references. For example, the PlayStation startup sound plays when Qwark puts in a USB in a computer in the Galactic Rangers base to disable their weapons system (which doesn't make any sense, since Ratchet & Clank game wasn't released on the original PlayStation), and Daxter from Jak & Daxter and Sly from Sly Cooper (as well as Dan, a former Insomniac employee who passed away and appeared as an Easter egg in every Ratchet & Clank game) appear when Ratchet and Clank are flying their ship and Clank scans Ratchet.
- The design of Nefarious's organic form is just awful, and having him randomly take out the actual villain of the original game is a very poorly thought-out attempt at fan service.
- The action scenes are lackluster, which doesn't make sense because action is one of the main pillars of the entire Ratchet & Clank franchise.
- Weak direction skill of Kevin Munroe, the same director behind 2007's TMNT.
- The soundtrack is rather generic and forgettable compared to the original game it was based on.
- Awful humor & cringeworthy moments, such as where Ratchet and Qwark both suddenly puke after escaping the exploding Deplanitizer.
- The animation is actually good and way better than expected, especially since it was made by the studio Rainmaker Entertainment, the same company who made the animation for 2013's Escape from Planet Earth.
- There are some decent jokes.
- The main voice actors from the games are present.
- The PlayStation 4 game itself is much better than this film.
- Doctor Nefarious, despite the fact that he shouldn't even be in the film and was actually created for the third installment Up Your Arsenal, puts on a good show. His transformation into his well-known robot form seen in the games is also seen at the end, which was only implied in backstories.
- In the ending, Clank uses his signature giggle after saying "I do bring a certain level of zing to the table, don't I?", which is kinda cute.
- Clank is the most likable character.
- Chairman Drek and Zed evilly laugh together then.. "JUST PUSH THE BUTTON, ZED!"
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 20%, based on 80 reviews, with an average of 4.17/10. The site's critic consensus reads: ″Ratchet and Clank may satisfy very young viewers, but compared to the many superior options available to families and animation enthusiasts, it offers little to truly recommend.″ On Metacritic, the film has a score of 29 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating ″generally unfavorable reviews.″ Audience polled by Cinemascore gave the film an average grade of ″B″ on an A+ to F scale.
- The film flopped at the box office, cost Rainmaker Entertainment nearly $10 million in damage, and killed off Gramercy Production. The box office bomb also played a role in the cancellation of the movie adaptation of Sly Cooper.