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Ratchet and Clank Movie Review

It is Friday once again, and it’s time for another movie review prevented by the most comfortable movie theater in the valley, FatCats Gilbert. With the most comfortable seats in the valley, FatCats Gilbert is definitely the best place to check out the latest movies at the box office.

It’s not a huge week for movies as far as the big budget money rakers go, but we do have Key and Peele’s first feature film, Keanu, as well as Mother’s Day, and of course the new animated movie we here at the Pulse were able to check out last night with our friends at FatCats Gilbert, Ratchet and Clank. I have to say that I wan’t looking forward to this movie like I am for many other movies coming out this year. I never played the video game as it’s a PlayStation exclusive and I have never owned a PlayStation, but even so, I can’t say that it has ever fully grabbed my interest. I was, however, very excited about the vocal cast. The vocal cast is full of stars with recognizable voices, so I was looking forward to hearing them all come together, but I have still never been invested in the idea or the story. The trailers didn’t get me very excited either, which is what trailers are intended to do, so I wasn’t sure what to do to psych myself up to see Ratchet and Clank. Nevertheless, I am always glad to see a new movie, so let’s talk about it!

Ratchet and Clank is directed by Kevin Munroe and Jericca Cleland and stars James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Sylvester Stallone, and Bella Thorne. Ratchet, a lowly engineer with a big heart and big dreams, gets a chance to join the elite group of world defenders, the Galactic Rangers. With his newfound friend, Clank, at his side, he must use his persistence and intellect to stop the evil Chaiman Drek and Doctor Nefarious.

First of all, as always, I’ll start with my positives. Ratchet and Clank has amazing voice work. This voice work goes far above and beyond what I would have expected from a smaller animated movie like Ratchet and Clank. Everybody who you recognize is phenomenal as well as those who may not have heard of like the two leads, James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye. These guys know what they’re doing when it comes to voice work, and if you haven’t ever had a chance to just sit and watch them do voices and impressions it is actually incredible. They seem to have found the art behind vocal work and they have mastered it. They really aid the quality of the film with their expertise, and it rubs off on the rest of the cast who may be less experienced voice actors.

Unfortunately, this movie is just not made for adults. It completely caters to its audience of children and the hardcore video game fans. I did not enjoy watching Ratchet and Clank, and I was bored out of my mind in a movie that is only 94 minutes long. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite recent animated movies. We have The Lego Movie, Big Hero 6, How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, Wreck-It Ralph, and Inside Out. What do all of these movies have in common? They have so much meaning and depth to their stories while also bringing the kid friendly environment, jokes, and stylistic elements to be able to thoroughly entertain both audiences. Watching Ratchet and Clank was like watching something that was clearly made for someone younger than me. I’m eighteen years old, so I’m no wise owl, but this movie was still unappealing to me, and I can see it being unappealing to anyone over the age of seven or eight. It was very predictable, and I felt like it was never taking any jumps to become something more than it was, which was a pure kid movie. It was like watching a show on the new Nickelodeon, not the classic Nickelodeon. It felt that way in terms of characters and story, and it just all felt thin to me.

Overall, Ratchet and Clank just did not appeal to me. It is a movie made purely for children and fans of the video game. I thought that the voice acting was phenomenal, and the star studded cast worked amazingly and all formed together to make a skilled vocal unit. Unfortunately the movie felt so thin and predictable, and was not made for me. I’m going to give Ratchet and Clank a 4.5/10.

Will you be checking out Ratchet and Clank this week? If you are, let me know done in the comments! Also, let me know if you have seen the movie! I should have my review for Captain America: Civil War out next Friday after I get the chance to see it. I’m hearing amazing things, and if you haven’t gotten a chance to check out my Top 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016, Captain America: Civil War was number three right behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I can’t wait to get that out next week, so be sure to stay tuned for that review! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

PHOTO: Gramercy Pictures

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Matt Casillas

Hey, it's Matt Casillas! I am a Digital Content Producer and Editor for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm


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