My husband and I recently checked out the highly anticipated release of Rachet & Clank, a CG-animated movie based on the popular PlayStation video games. For someone that has not played the game at all and knows little about it, I was quickly able to follow the story line. My husband, who loves this game and knows the story line well, commented on how much it really stayed true to the game. You will quickly fall in love with these characters and enjoy their antics on the big screen.
One thing was for certain, Ratchet & Clank is a fast paced action movie. Kids will really enjoy this film esp. those that are video game lovers. Imagine your favorite game being played out on the big screen. What gamer wouldn’t love that? Parents would like the humor that is embedded throughout the film. More importantly, the message behind the film is something worth discussing. I am always looking for ways to talk about shows and movies with my kids. I want to make sure that they get the implicit meanings behind the characters they love and enjoy. That is probably some of the “teacher” coming out in me.
This film really spotlights how anyone can be a hero, and this could not make me happier! In this and age our kids are sucked into media like never before, many of our children are growing up with a false sense of what heroes may look like, or that they are too small to make a difference. Social media is FULL of what things “should” look like, and it seldom highlights those true heroes. While this film may be animated, it has such great lessons for parents to talk about with their kids. It does not matter your size or class, heroes are found EVERYWHERE!
Ratchet & Clank, two individuals that would never be seen as “super heroes” in their galaxy, rise to the top for doing what is right. Ratchet, a mechanic that longs to become a Galactic Ranger, and Clank, who is a defect robot, join together to show that
“A hero doesn’t need to do big things. A hero just needs to do the right thing.”
In order to save the galaxy, a pair of underdogs must join forces – for the first time! Bringing along its ingenious gadgets, intergalactic exploration, and playful humor, the iconic best-selling PlayStation video game blasts onto the big screen in Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment’s all-new CG animated movie adventure Ratchet & Clank, telling the origins story of two unlikely heroes hurtling through an irreverent, action-packed universe.
They are quite the pair, if small in stature, and Ratchet and Clank (voiced as in the video games by, respectively, James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye) overcome obstacles through vastly different approaches. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet, although he has a friend and mentor in Grimroth (John Goodman); Ratchet is impetuous and learns by doing. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn; tactical and logical, he rarely acts without extensive planning, and is guided by his conscience.
When they both stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets as part of an evil plan by vile Drek (Paul Giamatti), their efforts to help stop it are met with skepticism because of their size and lack of experience. The peacekeeping Galactic Rangers, captained by Ratchet’s idol Qwark (Jim Ward) and including team members Cora (Bella Thorne) and Elaris (Rosario Dawson), finally agree to make the duo part of their mission to stop Drek. Qwark pushes the unit to act fast, not realizing that Drek and his enforcer robot Victor (Sylvester Stallone) are in league with an alien engineer, the shadowy Dr. Nefarious (Armin Shimerman).
As the mission takes wild and woolly turns, Ratchet and Clank will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity. They will surprise everyone – even themselves – by proving that they are capable, and will become lifelong friends ready to go wherever adventure takes them.
Who in your family is looking forward to seeing Ratchet & Clank? Have you ever heard of this game before?
Disclaimer: I was provided with tickets to preview this film prior to the theatrical release. All opinions presented are 100% mine and are not influenced by the promoters.