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Ratatouille Movie Review

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Ratatouille Movie Review

Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) and Linguini (voiced by Lou Romano) in Ratatouille.

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The Bottom Line

Ratatouille may do for rats what 101 Dalmatians did for spotted dogs. And then again, maybe not. Dalmatians were always considered to be cute and it's a fact rats don't share a similar reputation. But after seeing Disney/Pixar's deliciously entertaining confection, Ratatouille fans may think twice before shrieking in fear and disgust when a long-tailed rodent pokes its twitchy nose out from hiding.

Pros

  • A sweet family film with an important message for all audiences
  • Action, romance, drama, comedy, heart - Ratatouille's got it all
  • A refreshingly original story fully fleshed out with interesting characters and witty dialogue
  • Once again Pixar raises the bar high for all future animated movies

Cons

  • Rats...in a kitchen...cooking
  • While it's adorable and cute, it's definitely not Pixar's funniest movie to date

Description

  • Voices by Patton Oswalt, Peter O'Toole, Ian Holm, Janeane Garofalo, Lou Romano and John Ratzenberger
  • Ratatouille's pronounced rat-a-too-ee
  • The Incredibles writer/director Brad Bird was brought in late in the project to take over Ratatouille
  • Rated G for all audiences
  • Theatrical Release Date: June 29, 2007

Guide Review - Ratatouille Movie Review

The Story

When a rat named Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) decides to follow his dream of being a chef, his father (Brian Dennehy) and fellow rats tell him he's one crazy little dude. But his garbage-loving brother Emile (Peter Sohn) provides just the support needed to convince Remy he's on the right track.

After a freak accident exposes his friends and family to harm, the pack is sent scattering down a river and into a sewer where Remy becomes separated from the group. Taking advantage of the unexpected separation, Remy hightails it through Paris' underground and emerges at the famed but fading Gusteau's Restaurant. With a little help from a friendly spirit and the assistance of a hapless janitor, Remy's on his way to becoming a world-class chef. But since he's a rat, the going's definitely not easy...

The Bottom Line

Writer/director Brad Bird and the talented geniuses at Pixar have created a vibrant, palate-pleasing visual treat with Ratatouille. From complex action sequences to tender moments of bonding between a rat and his human best friend, Bird and company blend together a delectable treat that's a perfect example of why Pixar is head and shoulders above the competition. Attention is paid to every minute detail and the result is an instant classic.

While rats and a batch of two-legged chefs are front and center in Ratatouille, the animated food's a real scene-stealer. The gourmet meals served up in Ratatouille are so lusciously rendered audiences will be left drooling.

If you can wrap your mind around the idea that rats - at least of the animated variety - in a kitchen can be a good thing, then Ratatouille has a chance of working its magic on you. Loaded with delightful characters, Ratatouille's one of the few must see movies of the summer of 2007.

GRADE: A-

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