The Ratchet & Clank movie is a good adaptation of the PlayStation games bearing the same name, and that’s part of its problem. The story itself is perfectly fine and accomplishes what it sets out to do: To tell the story of Ratchet, a Lombax who longs to leave his lowly life as a mechanic on an equally lowly planet and to join Captain Qwark in his fabulous adventures among the stars. We journey with Clank as he realizes his dreams of entering the great battles of the universe. Does this premise sound a bit familiar? It recalls Luke Skywalker’s journey in A New Hope.
While moviegoers can and often do tolerate unoriginal story plot-lines, Ratchet & Clank wasn’t good enough to become more than a game film adaptation. In addition, all of the characters that’re both good and bad are pretty shallow, lacking any real depth. All of this is why this moderately well-made movie, which actually has some really good voice acting, is only really interesting for fans of the PlayStation game. Regular moviegoers recognized it as merely an ‘A New Hope’ rip-off. The gaming fans were probably also at least somewhat disappointed in this halfheartedly adaptation of a what’s considered a classic game.
Ratchet & Clank fails to grasp at an age level. It looks a bit juvenile, but usually seems to take itself a bit too seriously. However, it’s a seriousness that’s still too juvenile for adults and too adult for juveniles. This is one of those movies that would’ve done well as an all-out children’s movie that adults still enjoy. Unfortunately, the producers didn’t take this route, but still managed to make an adultish movie without any meaningful depth or dialogue whatsoever. What makes it even worse is that they inexplicably decided to tame the originally fantastic action with the even more fantastic weapons.
This is definitely not the worst video game film adaptation ever made-not even close. There are some real stinkaroos out there. While decent, it’s still little more than a shallow video game remake that’ll only interest gamers and will also disappoint them to some degree as well.