I originally planned on seeing this in the cinema but it stopped showing in my local cinema only a few days after coming out. It received a fair amount of negative reviews and bombed at the box office which is probably why that happened but I still wanted to see it despite never actually playing any of the Ratchet & Clank games. It looked like a fun film and even the negative reviews I saw didn’t think it was a bad movie.
I liked it. Looking back at some of the reviews it feels like too many people were comparing it too much to some of the biggest Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks films and expecting the same quality. People were expecting too much from what just needed to be a fun adventure. This kind of attitude is probably why people think we don’t get good video game movies despite clear evidence that suggests otherwise.
Ratchet and Clank themselves are likable characters and play off each other really well. This movie does make me want to try out the games so I can see more of these two and their adventures together. It’s also neat that they keep their voice actors from the games.
On the subject of voice actors the guest voice actors fit in just fine. They didn’t feel out of place or like they were phoning it in. In fact until the credits I only noticed two of them, Sylvester Stallone and John Goodman who both have very memorable voices so it’d be hard not to notice them.
So can the myth about there being no good video game movies die already? Sure they haven’t quite translated to live action just yet but animated movies that keep the art direction, cast and lore intact are at the very least going to be good. Now in my attempt to see more films than last month I’m going to be seeing another film later this evening so expect another review either when I get back or the following morning.