My opinion right after watching film
My opinion right after watching the film is that it is utterly boring and childish. I have no care for it one way or another, and I do not even have the energy to write much about this film. Just blech.
The only piece of production information that I found was that Rainmaker had this film made in Vancouver.
The film starts with the chairman of Solana Galaxy Drek (Paul Giamatti) plotting to destroy the planets, and they start with destroying a planet called Telemule. I am going to make this a short writeup, since I give no fucks about this film. A mechanic named Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor) learns that three planets have been destroyed, and Captain Qwark (Jim Ward) is looking for a recruit team to help him solve the problem. We already have the story of the main character “wanting more out of his life”, and I do not give a fuck. Ratchet goes to the interview, and is instantly rejected by the obnoxious and self-involved Qwark.
As Ratchet is repairing Clank, he is told that there is a bunch of robots that have been created to destroy the galactic team tomorrow, and Ratchet sees this as his ratchet opportunity to join the team, and to be seen as a hero. We get a sob story of Ratchet being one of the last of his species, and is an orphan who never knew his parents. They show up at a press conference with the galactic team, and they are forced to accept Ratchet and Clank as a part of their team. Ratchet becomes famous, and decides to revel in it, whereas Clank tells him that fame is overrated, and does not mean shit.
Qwark has a relatively simple and basic plan to destroy Drek and his assistant Victor (Sylvester Stallone), but the team has their doubts. Of course when it is time for the action, there is a bunch of silly, unnecessary bullshit disguised as “comedy” that takes up way too much time for my liking, and I start to tune out.
So Qwark is forced to sabotage the weapons of the Rangers, and the teams soon realize that they have no weaponry. Of course Drek send everyone to destroy them all, and Victor wants to go to the ship, to deal with the “decoy” of some sort; Clank. Ratchet ends up getting captured, realizes that Qwark sabotaged them as another planet is completely destroyed. He gets home to his image and rep being tarnished, and he is in a dopey mood, since he wanted to help, and did not feel like he did.
Qwark discovers that the people he sold out his people to are working with the well-known evil scientist named Dr. Nefarious (Armin Shimerman), while Ratchet reunites with the Rangers on a plan to put the shooter off course to throw their plan off, and to defeat them. The Rangers go to the ship to battle, and Ratchet ends up going head-to-toe with Qwark, after lashing out at him for being a sellout, after looking up to him, blah, blah, blah. We learn that Nefarious is just mad that the Rangers did not give him a science lab when they were working together, and got resentful. The villains are defeated, and Ratchet decides to separate himself from the group, as he is enjoying his life. Clank reappears, and asks him if he is down with the Rangers for good, only to be told that once a Ranger, always a Ranger, and will fight when needed. Whatever. I forgot to mention that Qwark got demoted, and is doing a shameless apology press run.
I am not impressed with the characters at all in the film. None of them impressed me, and all of them are generic and flat. It is pretty much impossible to invest in any of them.
The animation is not horrendous, or really even bad; it really is not. It is not the best animation, and I save seen a lot better, but it is tolerable, and does not hurt the eyes. Some of the textures are a bit weird, and make everything look a bit blotchy, and the character designs are decent I guess. The animation is in the middle of the spectrum.
Honestly, I have nothing to say about the music in the film. It is based off a generic video game, so it would make sense that it would have the same generic music in the games, right? I do not remember anything about it.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on April 29th, 2016, it became a box office flop, making roughly $12.6 million internationally. That is bad enough, but its budget was $20 million. Many people ripped this film to shreds critically, claiming it is predictable, boring, and there is nothing to care for.
= 20.5/40 = 51%
7 thoughts on “Ratchet and Clank review”
Nice to see you back and this movie does look quite bad!
Thanks. I have been putting off the blog and this review for too long. Prepping for Pixar too has been a bit rough.
I think I’m the only one in the world who had fun with this film. To me it was an enjoyable space movie for kids like the kind we used to watch on Saturday mornings. I thought it was nice to look at and self aware. Oh well!
From what I have seen, there are quite a bit of people who enjoy this film. Maybe if I was a bit more familiar with the content, I would have. Who knows.
I guess we all like weird things from time to time. 🙂