Thursday, 12 January 2017

Ratchet and Clank (2016) - Richee Review

The Ratchet and Clank film has made it's way to Netflix, so I was finally able to check it out after missing it at cinema. I've been a fan of the Ratchet and Clank series since it came out so, it's great to see the franchise still thriving. Hopefully this will lead to a reinvigorated market for these classic game and other similar titles like Jak and Daxter.

So the film is based around the game's story. Ratchet wants more excitement in his life and tries out to join the galactic rangers. After getting rejected, he rescues an escaped robot named Clank, who knows the villainous plans of Chaiman Drek and must warn the Galactic rangers before it's too late. Ratchet saves the rangers and gets invited to join the team to battle Drek and his accomplish Dr Nefarious. 
One of the things that shocked me when watching this film was some of the actors they managed to get in it, from John Goodman and Sylvester Stallone, to Rosario Dawson and Paul Giamatti. They weren't in particularly huge roles, but it was still good to see their names attached. The film looks good visually and has the charm of the game, plus Jim Ward is back as my favourite character Captain Quark. The films run time of an hour and a half is handled well, as none of the scenes feel padded out for the run time.

All in all, I enjoyed Ratchet and Clank. There's nothing spectacular about it, but it's a very competent film with a great cast. The one down side for me was the lack of Mr Zurkon, who's my favourite weapon in the game. He's a psychotic robot bodyguard who follows you around threatening everyone. Not sure if my nostalgia made it that bit more enjoyable or not though. I'd recommend it though, as it's one of the better films to be released on Netflix recently.

Final rating: 7/10. It's a good film and fun for all the family. I may go even as far to say this is possibly the best game to film adaptation ever. Richee

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