Review — Ratatouille


It’s hard not to be excited whenever this Pixar brings a new feature film to theaters. The company has been an animation powerhouse ever since their very first feature, Toy Story, and they’ve continued with that same amount of momentum without losing any steam along the way. (And no, I’m not counting Cars. I know a lot of people didn’t like it but I don’t count it only because I haven’t seen it.) That brings us to the present day and the release of their 8th feature Ratatouille. It’s only a matter of time before the mighty fall, but today is not that day and I’m wondering if it ever come will for Pixar. To put it simply, this film is good.

Ratatouille is a story about Remy (Patton Oswalt). Remy is a rat with big aspirations, he wants to move beyond his life of stealing and eating trash. He demands a more civilized existence where he could spend his time in the kitchen whipping up his own delicious creations. That’s right he wants to be a chef. As fate would have it, Remy ends up being separated from his family and ends up in the big city of Paris and at the old restaurant of his favorite cook, Chef Gusteau (Brad Garrett). The restaurant is now under the management of Chef Skinner (Ian Holm), who isn’t a very nice guy, and after meddling with around in the kitchen, Remy finds himself striking up relationship with the new kitchen help, Linguini (Lou Romano).

Honestly, at the beginning of the film, I was feeling a bit uninterested. I kept trying to think positively to psyche myself into feeling what I wanted to feel. But after that first little bit it really picked up and I was able to become fully enveloped into the world Pixar created. And what a world it is.

This film boasts the most impressive graphics I have seen in any CG movie to date. It looks amazing and even that word seems to be an understatement. Pixar’s attention to detail may go unnoticed to the younger crowd, but the older people in the audience are sure to appreciate it. The animation is fluid and the characters are wonderfully crafted. The animals seems so life like, but have that extra special touch of cutesy-ness added to make us love them all the more. And I’ve always been a fan of the semi-realistic humans, with their over exaggerated features.

Ah but let’s not overlook the voice acting work. Really I everyone deserves praise, the cast is phenomenal and each one brings to life these enchanting characters. One particular standout for me was Janeane Garofalo, who provided the voice of Colette. Quite honestly, you can’t even tell it’s her, but she does such a fantastic job. Kudos. And a very nice job by Peter O’Toole, who played the harsh food critic.

Finally, I have to give praise to Brad Bird, the films writer and director. I think he’s one of the best animation directors around. He knows what he’s doing, and he does it well. Enough said.

There is enough here for both kids and adults to like. Take a date or take your kids, it doesn’t matter. Just do yourself a favor and go see this movie.

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2 Comments on “Review — Ratatouille”

  1. woodpainter Says:

    Opps. Peter O’Toole has become Janeane Garofalo.

    Very informative review. Makes me want to see it. Thanks.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Oops. I fixed it. thanks.

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