So, my brother and I decided to see the Ratchet and Clank movie this evening, despite the less than stellar reviews on it. Still, as I was delving into critical rants about the movie, I noticed a trend: Critics didn't like it at all, but actual moviegoers were pretty mixed. The thing most people was saying was: "it went over the critics heads, I think, because of the in-jokes". And I can see what they mean.
Personally, I have no hopes for this movie other than being entertained by a story I grew up playing over and over again on a beat up PS2 during summer vacation in the hopes of beating it 100%. I want to go into the movie, sit down with my popcorn, remember some good times, have some nostalgic factor, laugh at the Sheepinator, and say that it wasn't a $6 wasted for a matinee.
I have no expectations of morals: it's Ratchet. And. Clank. (well, the game had morals, but it was more funny than preachy)
I have no reason to see it more than once: I know the story.
I have no reason to see a sequel: Why? The movie shouldn't end on a cliffhanger.
I have no need for exposition or character building: I already know the characters and their motives.
That, I think, is probably where the critics are turning up their snoots. They don't know about Ratchet and Clank, or Captain Quark, or any of the villains. They have no idea what's going on, so to them--it's a bad movie, and I can legitimately see why they would give it only 1 or 2 stars.
So here's my open ended question of the day, or leading up to it, anyway. This movie is, I assume from my readings, made more for fans of the franchise than anything else. It got me thinking: Are all video game movies like this (I'll admit that I haven't seen many)? Of course some are just trash, I'm sure, but are there any video-game movies that you personally love, even when everyone else (critics included) hates it?