Being a huge fan of Ratchet & Clank ever since its debut back in 2002, I’ve been waiting for what seemed like forever for a TV series or movie based on the game series to be released. When I heard the film was finally in the making last year, I was both thrilled and skeptical on if it would be any good or flop like most video game movies do. While it did fare poorly at the box office, I for one really enjoyed watching the Ratchet & Clank Blu-ray, as it captures what makes the games so fun…its crazy but cool characters and especially its zany humor.
My colleague Grayson had reviewed the theatrical release of the movie, but I’m here to give my take on it and to talk about the Blu-ray release and it’s special features. Now I’ve read a lot of reviews of this film, and most of them have been bad. I’m not sure what it is, but I guess I’m in the minority when I say I actually enjoyed the movie and thought it captured the spirit of the game franchise really well. Sure, it’s not a perfect film by any stretch (but then again, what film is?). I could name some of the nitpicks I had with the movie, such as Ratchet not using a lot of the cool weapons that’s a staple of the series (he does use a few in one scene, but only to test them out with disastrous results) or not using some of his cool abilities like the grind boots. But again that’s just me nitpicking.
What the movie does get right (at least to me) is the overall spirit of the game and its characters. They manage to do this so well, it’s like watching a giant cutscene from one of the games. From Ratchet being a lowly mechanic with dreams of being a hero, to meeting Clank and playing off each other with their trademark chemistry, to even Captain Qwark being well…himself, the film captures all of this and then some. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the animation was, as the first time I saw trailers and promo videos of this project, the animation was a little rough. So I was more than happy to see they fixed it up and nearly rivals something from Disney. It was also pretty cool how they kept the voice actors from the games while also bringing in some heavy hitters like John Goodman, Paul Giamatti, Rosario Dawson, and Sylvester Stallone to voice some of the characters.
With Universal handling the home release, watching the film on Blu-ray looks and sounds perfect, as the high definition brings out all the details in both the visuals and audio. Those with a nice sound setup will definitely appreciate all the bass-filled sounds that seem to constantly fill the room when action is present. If there’s a flaw with the release, it would have to be the two short but still pretty cool extras. The first one “Ratchet & Clank: A Hero’s Journey” is small look behind the scenes of the movie featuring interviews with some of the cast and with director Kevin Munroe discussing what they liked about the movie. The other extra ““Ratchet & Clank: Leveling Up” has Munroe and James Arnold Taylor talking about the game series a little and how the movie does its best to capture the fun and humor of them.
Perhaps I watched the film through rose colored glasses, or maybe I’m not hard to please, but whatever the case may be, I really enjoyed watching Ratchet & Clank. While it’s not a perfect movie by any means, as there were a few missed opportunities they could’ve acted on, I still felt it did a great job capturing the feel and fun of the games and their humor spot on. If you’re a fan of the franchise or just looking for something funny and cool to watch, you’ll want to hop into your spaceship and blast off to grab a copy of this one for your Gadgetron collection.