Friday, 29 April 2016

"Ratchet & Crank" (Guardian 29/04/16)

Ratchet & Clank **
Dirs: Kevin Monroe, Jericca Cleland. Animation with the voices of: Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson. 94 mins. Cert: PG

Converted from the Sony console game, this latest factory-line animation so insistently generates intergalactic spectacle that it tramples its own message about rejecting grand gestures and doing the right thing. As our plucky vulpine hero progresses from self-doubting cadet to resistance top gun, the animators prove rather better at rendering hovercars and bogeyguns than original ideas, repurposing key narrative and design elements from Pixar, TV’s Futurama, perhaps even the old Super Nintendo shoot-‘em-up Starfox. Again, it’ll fill a screen and kill ninety minutes if the kids have seen everything else – surely its biggest hope – but the ratio of hardware to heart badly needed another tune-up.

Ratchet & Clank is now playing in cinemas nationwide. 

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