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We previewed the upcoming movie release Ratchet & Clank this past weekend. My son was especially excited because this was originally a video game, and one he was familiar with! It is a fun CG-animated movie, with two unlikely heroes, in a fun science fiction story! Ratchet is a young alien (a Lombax), possibly the last of his species, who is a hard working mechanic that dreams of being a super hero. He gets his chance when the Galactic Rangers announce that they are looking to hire one more for their ranks! Ratchet immediately shows up and tries to show his worth to the group. But he leaves dejectedly, and we feel sad, until we see him prove himself a short while later! In the meantime, he has met a robot reject from the factory of the bad guy. They quickly end up together and almost accidentally save the Galactic Rangers from destruction by the evil Dr. Nefarious working with the power mad Chairman Drek! Now the Rangers have no choice but to add Ratchet, and his new pal Clank, to their ranks!
This is a fun, colorful, fast paced movie for the kids. The two evil villains are not too scary for the younger kids, and watching a planet blow up is also not too scary when it is an animated planet. The tween and teen crowd, like my son, will enjoy seeing a video game they have played recreated as a movie on the big screen! I could tell at certain parts where the video game action would have come in, like when the Galactic Rangers were shooting all the mini robots! John Goodman did a great job as Ratchet’s boss. He has been a major character in another animated series, and he made his voice distinctive for this role so we will not be confused. And Sylvester Stallone voiced an awesome bad guy robot (Victor Von Ion)! I told my son he played Rocky, and he said he knew him as Rambo! There is a great message in here for the kids: do not give up on your dreams! Also, heroes can come from unlikely places, and friendship can arise from unlikely pairs. Ratchet was turned down by the Galactic Rangers, and ended up saving them. Clank was a rejected robot, and instead of being scrap metal, he also helped to save the day. I am happy for any movie that introduces some good solid science fiction to the next generation! Go see the movie IN THEATERS FRIDAY! You can also connect with Ratchet and Clank on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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