Dreams have no bounds and for a rat named Remy (Patton Oswalt) whose dream is to be a chef those bounds are pushed forward when he ends up being washed up into Paris. Remy looks up to Gusteau, a renowned French chef who has his own restaurant. When Remy is met with a Gusteau conscience, he is persuaded to go look around the beloved restaurant. When Remy leans too far over he falls into the kitchen. In the kitchen everything is bustling and loud. As Remy is trying to find an escape, the audience is introduced to Linguini, who gets hired to be the janitor at Gusteau’s. Linguini ends up ruining a soup, but Remy runs by and smells the soup and ends up fixing it. After the head chef realizes Linguini was messing with the soup, he becomes enraged, meanwhile the soup gets poured and is served to a food critic. The food critic ends up loving the soup and Linguini and Remy end up having to work together to recreate the soup and other dishes to maintain Linguini’s name as a chef. Throughout the film, Linguini falls in love, while Remy gets influenced by his father and brother to steal food. Then Linguini and Remy create the dish ratatouille for the harshest critic Anton Ego. Ego ends up loving the dish, but because there are rats in the restaurant, Gusteau’s is shut down. The film ends with Remy and Linguini opening their own restaurant called, La Ratatouille, where Remy is able to live out his chef dreams.
Ratatouille remains my favorite Pixar film because of the music score, the imagery and the message of the film. Remy and Linguini’s relationship makes the movie all the better because the audience sees how fame and recognition can go to one’s head. Remy embodies the little voice we all have in our heads telling us to do more and dream big. The story itself is well done because it has a climax and low points, but it mainly stays upbeat. The way Remy is treated can be critically analyzed to stand as the outcasts in society, but Remy defies all odds that are put against him. Remy creates a world of magic in the kitchen, from all the spices and with his great nose. The audience is almost able to taste the food as he describes it and it is almost as if we all get to try it. The film is not conventional by any means, but the elements of it being set in Paris., France make it so dreamy and romantic. All in all, I would give Ratatouille a 10/10 because it lives up to the name of a Disney/Pixar film and does so effortlessly. The film allows people to sit back, relax and feel cozy as they watch Remy take the Paris restaurant industry by a storm. Cheers to Ratatouille, a film for the whole family to enjoy!
Starring: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy, Peter Sohn, Peter O’Toole, Janeane Garofalo
Director: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
Distributor: Pixar Animation Studios
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 111 min.
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