This Summer is set to bring us a few video game adaptions, in Angry Birds and Warcraft. First, however, is a film adaption of the smash-hit PS4 video game franchise Ratchet and Clank about a lovable lombax and his robot companion. Here's my review of the film.

Last of his kind Lombax Ratchet (voiced by James Arnold Taylor) is an idealistic mechanic who dreams of one day joining The Galactic Rangers - a team of heroes that go around protecting the galaxy, led by the egotistical Captain Qwark (Jim Ward). When the villainous Chairman Drek (Paul Giamatti), of the Blarg race, sets out destroying every planet in the Solona Galaxy, after his has grown toxic, The Galactic Rangers begin looking for new recruits, which gives Ratchet the opportunity he has always been waiting for. Alongside Clank (David Kaye), a robot that Ratchet saved, the pair must join forces with Qwark, amongst others, and use their brilliance and teamwork to bring an end to Drek's nefarious plan.

For whatever reason, there seems to be a curse with video games getting big-screen adaptions. Whether it's Resident Evil or Hitman: Agent 47, studios just haven't managed to master the formula of making solid, entertaining films based on hit video game franchises. Based on the smash-hit video game franchise, that started up back in 2002, for Playstation, Ratchet and Clank doesn't break the trend yet either but is rather just another 'video game movie' - a genre from which we've come to expect very little from nowadays, holding out for every new entry to be 'the one' that breaks this wretched curse. I'm a huge fan of the Ratchet and Clank games, having played them since I was a little kid, even owning the latest one which just released for PS4 the other week. The game is tons of fun and this franchise has always thrived because of its characters and it's story and, whilst the cinematic interpretations of Ratchet and Clank are likeable, that's really all the film has going for it.
There is some veritable chemistry between our two eponymous protagonists and their interaction with one another is interesting to watch but that's all the positives in terms of characters. Drek is a very one-dimensional and weak antagonist whose motivations aren't clear and who isn't given a lot to make him seem like a formidable foe. The other characters aren't all that more interesting either. The animation isn't of the best quality either and looks like something that belongs on Netflix or a VOD release. For a franchise that appeals to both kids and adults, this film evidently only works for the former with obvious jokes and visual gags aimed towards them, that otherwise fall flat and are unfunny for the latter audience members. That accessibility that makes the games so great has been totally disposed off for a more sell-out method, cashing in on little kids that like colourful visuals and animation.

You can't help but admire the playful tone this film goes for because there a couple of action sequences that are entertaining to watch but they are few and far between. Our lead pair of characters are fairly likable though and have interesting dynamics and they manage to make this film what it is. Yet, you can't help but feel like this had some much potential to be so much better than it is but, instead, it's so poorly written and realised that it is only somewhat competent and, largely, very tedious and lacklustre. Ratchet and Clank is by no means awful or aggregating, it's quite harmless but just more so a little boring than anything else. With such a stellar cast (the likes of John Goodman, Sylvester Stallone and Bella Thorne), you can't help but feel as though this is just one of those films there simply to cash-in on the success of the games - nothing more, nothing less.

VERDICT:
Ratchet and Clank had so much promise but instead is a film merely there to cash-in on the success of the franchise. Aside from a likable leading pair, this endeavour is tedious, unfunny, lacklustre and just another disappointing video-game adaption.
 
 

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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