Netflix February 2018_day.19 – Ratchet and Clank (2016)

_*Yawn* Excuse the tardiness of this post, I was pretty tired last night! It can hit you like a wave, man. That’s actually a good descriptor for when I’m tired. I sit down on my bed for a moment, then suddenly, it’s like an invisible wave strikes my body and knocks my body over, and from there, it presses on me and holds me down, leaving me only to writhe around on my mattress until I pass out.

Affable alien Ratchet longs to be a Galactic Ranger and might get the chance when rogue robot Clank tells him of evil Drek’s plot to destroy a galaxy.

Furries and robots, it’s Ratchet and Clank.

_Excuse me, I meant TIDUS & Clank. Something something laughing scene. But don’t get me started on that. Final Fantasy X is a top three title in the FF franchise, easily.

_So, I’ve put in about 5 minutes of total playtime into the entire Ratchet & Clank video game franchise. It’s not that it didn’t seem fun, It was just a series I never really got around to. All I really know about it is platforming and lots of different gadget weapons that do silly things.

And Tidus. Now.

_Ratchet & Clank was alright. Nothing special, but far from the worst family film I’ve ever seen…though upon writing that, I’m not sure what the worst one is. Might be a direct-to-video Disney sequel. I don’t have kids, so generally, I choose what family movies I watch all on my own. No little ones to drag me to like…Boss Baby.

_I wonder how I’d feel about this movie had I played the game. From what I understand, the movie is essentially a retelling of the first game’s story, and I can see that from the beats it has. They go to more locations than feels normal for a movie to, I imagine, get all of the stages in the movie. They use more weapons than necessary to be like “Remember these from the game?” Ratchet gets into some boss fights. Clank hangs around as the dry witted comic relief.

Maybe it’s one of those situations where they stayed too true to the source material.

_Ratchet and Clank is an…interesting choice for a franchise to make a movie out of. There’s been somewhere around ten games released for the franchise over the last 15 years, so it’s hardly some niche, unpopular series. But…it’s also not a franchise that you see people bringing up constantly as something they played growing up, spouting new cliches like “Oh, the nostalgia feels man” and “That was my childhood brah.” It feels like a series that has its audience, is fine with it, and chugs along for ’em.

What Sony franchise would I have made into a movie instead? …I don’t know! So I guess Ratchet & Clank is a fine choice, given I can’t think of anything better that they could’ve done.

Wait no Ape Escape we did it guys.

_Stop by tomorrow, where we’ll celebrate the ongoing Winter Olympics. Cool Runnings. See you then~


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