Ratchet & Clank           review by Bobby Blakey

There are often animated series or films that come along based on popular video games with often times mixed results. No series seems to have had the legs like Ratchet & Clank that debuted in 2002 and has been going strong ever since. Now the popular game has come to life in an animated feature with an all-star voice cast including Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, James Arnold Taylor, Armin Shimerman and Sylvester Stallone, but does it do the game justice or will it be game over?

The film follows two accidental heroes who join forces to save the universe. Ratchet is a “lombax” with big dreams of joining the elite fighting team, the Galactic Rangers. Clank is a spunky robot who discovers that the evil alien Chairman Drek has a weapon that can destroy whole planets in a moment’s notice. I have to admit that I have never played the game and outside of the looks of the main characters I know very little about this franchise. That being said this was not one that I was highly invested in, but to my surprise I found it to be a lot of fun. It isn’t breaking down any walls in the animated genre, but still offers up plenty of action and laughs. The animation itself is decent and while it is of a higher quality of the straight to DVD fair, there are times that it felt a bit lower end and others top notch. The cast all do a good job bringing their characters to life and offering up some fun exchanges. This is one of those animated features that will likely only resonate with hardcore fans of the series or younger audiences, but it is worth checking out at least once.

I have no idea how close to the source material this stays, but there is lot of fun to be had here that is filled with vibrant visuals and some fun use of their creative weapons from the game. If you are a fan of the game then give the film a shot as you will no doubt have some fun seeing your favorite characters come to life. In addition to the film this release also includes featurettes taking you further behind the film. Decide for yourself with Ratchet & Clank available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.

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