Ratchet and Clank Review

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I have not played Ratchet and Clank games. I say this because my opinion of this film is not coming from a lifelong fan of the videogame, but as a stranger with little previous knowledge.

I found that this film had very little to offer. The animation was bright and very pleasing to look at. It looked similar to the kinds of graphics you would see in a cut scene of a well-made game. The characters were also somewhat enjoyable and had good voice acting. That`s about all I liked in this film.

The plot to Ratchet and Clank is nothing new. The underdog Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor) has to save an alien galaxy from bad guys with the help of his robotic friend Clank (David Kaye). The film has other characters and sub plots too, many of them I felt to be pointless and boring. I`ve heard the game has a similar if not identical basis, which with any luck will work better than here.

What is most abysmal about this movie is the pun ridden jokes. Bad comedies have bad slapstick. But really bad comedies use that not so creative slapstick on rapid fire. Using lame jokes and lame puns again and again with absolutely no setup or punchline. Those in charge of writing the jokes for Ratchet and Clank clearly had no idea what they were doing, and had a five minute deadline to come up with all the jokes.

Ratchet and Clank serves no other purpose then to market the upcoming game to children and those who play the games. Previous fans of the game will be able to respect this movie a lot more than I can. One can only hope that the videogame is good and worth the money, because the movie sure as hell wasn`t.

Zachary Flint