Ratchet and Clank - the movie
We were invited to a free advanced screening of Ratchet and Clank and received additional compensation from SheKnows Media.
Zoe and I were excited for the invitation to see Ratchet and Clank. I knew it was a movie based on a video game, but I have to admit I haven't ever played it, or even heard of it. It's been really fun to tell people (both older and younger than me) that we were seeing the movie and get responses like "There's a Ratchet and Clank movie? Wow! I used to play that a lot!" and "Oh cool! Loved that game!" and "Awwww. Takes me back." I had no idea it was as popular as it seems to be.
To get us a little more psyched for the movie I purchased a Ratchet and Clank game (actually 3 games on one disc) for our PlayStation 3. I didn't get to play before the movie, but Zoe did, and she made sure to give me an idea of what it was about. Zoe was especially excited to see the movie since we were able to invite her friend Matthias and his mom Cecelia. There is just something special about going into New York City with a friend. They actually both had an opening day game (baseball and softball) but there was no question about going to the advanced screening. They wouldn't have missed it!
We arrived just after they started the movie screening (thanks to crazy NYC traffic when we got out of the Lincoln tunnel). The movie was shown in the Dolby Screening Room at 1350 Avenue of the Americas. It's such a great little theater to see a movie in. We sat right up in the first 2 rows and it was perfect. Ratchet and Clank is rated PG ("for action and some rude humor").
It was absolutely action-packed. It was non-stop, with space ship crashes, sci-fi weapons, explosions, and battles between the good guys and the bad guys. That little theater was LOUD during the most exciting parts. Ratchet and Clank definitely kept everyone's attention. As for ages the movie could be appropriate for, I definitely wouldn't have a problem taking Ana (who is 7).
I really enjoyed the characters in the movie. In between the action scenes the characters had a lot to say. While they stuck with the story line of the video games, I thought there were quite a few great quotable lines in the movie. I couldn't help but pull out my phone to make note of a couple:
Blaming yourself and taking responsibility for something are two very different things. - Clank (David Kaye)
To be a hero, you don't have to do big things... just the right things. - Grimroth (John Goodman)
For a "video game movie" Ratchet and Clank had a lot of heart. After the movie we turned in our 3D glasses and headed home. It was nice to be able to chat a little about the movie on our way out of the city. I thought it was pretty good, definitely something kids Zoe and Matthias' age will enjoy. But my favorite thing about Zoe's "review" was when I asked who her favorite character was and why. Her answer: "Definitely Clank. I like that just because he's defective doesn't mean he's not useful." I absolutely love that that's what she got from Clank. Not that he was funny, or cute, but that even though he was labeled as defective when he was made he showed that he was useful, that he was important and made a difference. Leave it to my 10 year old to pick that out.
About the movie:
Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they'll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one's own identity.
Ratchet and Clank will be IN THEATERS FRIDAY! Watch the trailer here: