All the necessary plot points are hit, the voice acting was well done, and it looks good. But there are 3 things I would have liked to have seen in this movie, that were only barely present:
- The humour of the series. I remember finding the series overall to be pretty funny with some actual laugh-out-loud moments. The movie had a few good jokes that had me smiling (half of which weren't actual jokes, but just call outs to fun Playstation products), but most of them fell pretty flat. For a medium that would rely more heavily on a solid script, it didn't deliver the laughs I think it should have.
- The gun-play. For a game series built primarily on crazy weapons, there's very little exposure to them in the movie. There's a short "training" scene where Ratchet basically tries out some of the staples, but that's most of his action with them. A few isolated instances where things like the Tornado Gun is fired once are sprinkled here and there, but the action is toned down significantly in this respect. Most of the action scenes seem done with standard space-age laser guns that would be found in most any animated movie talking place on alien worlds, and they don't give that frantic feeling that they should.
- Oh, and those alien worlds. I think in the games it may take second seat to the gun-play, but almost it is able to over take it is the platforming adventure! So where's that sense of adventure in the movie? You rarely get exposure to the different worlds in this movie, as most of them are getting blown up, and the idea of exploring grand environments felt almost completely lost.