• Joshua Buck

Ratatouille (2007) Review

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

This movie created a great sense of bleakness at the beginning set in France with following a colony of rats stealing food with a character that doesn’t fit in in the form of Remy. The rat that loves food not just to eat but he loves the creation of food and he looks up to his hero in Gusteau, the 5-star chef who Remy learns is deceased. This seems to light a fire in Remy and he holds a phrase that was Gusteau moto throughout his cooking career and that is that ‘anyone can cook’. The film is so ironic in the sense that it is a rat that loves cooking and produces someone truly excellent food in a restaurant that is struggling for creativity and is used to following the recipe. It is after Remy loses his colony and that he turns up in the food capital of the world, Paris. Here Remy sees a useless dishwasher boy in Linguini ruin a soup and in Remy trying to escape the kitchen sniffs past the soup and knows it is going to be horrible so Remi springs to life and gets creative with the soup to make it better.

This movie is my favourite by a mile of any of the Disney Pixar films and yes that means that I prefer this over Toy Story… don’t hate me. But I just think that Ratatouille has a better meaning to the story and its conveyed really well. The fact that there is no dialogue exchanged between Remy and Linguini because they are different species is a great mode of storytelling that allows the audience to really understand the communication between the two characters and it makes their chemistry work really well. Yes, how the pair work together might be clutching and hair strands but it is this great albeit a bonkers bit of storytelling that makes the relationship between the two connect really well.

The brilliance of this story really is what makes this film what it is. But that doesn’t mean there are other aspects of the movie that aren’t. One stand moment for me has to be the creativity with the cinematography. Sometimes reminding me of older movies when Remy is sat in the sewer and the light above is shining down on him like a spotlight really aid the story in making him feel super isolated and it a great shot. Another really genius bit of animation in this movie is the way that they convey flavour. Focusing solely on the character and blacking out the background it is all about the food and what the character can taste, but how do you visualise that onto a screen? Ratatouille uses a very similar technique that Disney has used in the past for example when Dumbo gets drunk in Dumbo of vibrant colours. But this time ratatouille uses swirls of colour to convey flavours and when Remy tries two bits of food together the swirls meet and create a great bit of animated colour. This film deserves massive amounts of praise for its cinematography and its use of animation that I feel many people might not appreciate enough.

I would like to mention the score of this movie as well. Composed by Michael Giachinno it really captures the beauty of France and hits me in the heart every time I watch it. It uplifts me and is so emotional, it reminds me of Up to an extent.

All in all, Ratatouille is a great Pixar movie and if not the best. A story that will truly capture anyone and inspire them to chase their dreams no matter where they are from.

I rate this movie a 4.5/5.

So that is another review in the bag. Apologies for the week absence but I had a week’s holiday from work and I wanted to take a break. But I will be back on the reviews now. So, until next Monday, catch you Monday.

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