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“Ratatouille” review

June 30th, 2007

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There are some spoilers in this review. If you don’t want certain aspects of the film disclosed to you, then don’t read this until AFTER you have seen the film!!

OK, Still with me? Good.

“Ratatouille” is the latest film from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. While the film is getting pretty much universal praise, the film was a bit short on character development in some areas, and as a result you don’t care about some aspects of the characters as much as you probably should.

Shocked? Let me explain.

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The film is about a rat who enjoys cooking. He enjoys it so much, that it is what he wants to do with his life. He feels there could be much more to a rat’s life than stealing food and living in the shadows. There are some hints of his life before cooking. We get to meet his father and brother (Emile) as well as a few other rats. While there is a bit of set up here, I don’t think it is enough. When Remey gets seperated from his family and ends up in Paris, I pretty much forgot about his family. They didn’t seem to treat him too well, forcing him to be the poison sniffer. His brother did help him out when he was sneaking food out of hte old lady’s house, but he seemed to be a character who’s only purpose was for exposition. He helps set up the fact that the father is disapproving of Remy’s interaction with all things human. I didn’t get a feeling of brotherly love or anything like that between Remy and Emile.

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So Remy ends up in Paris and at the restaurant of his deceased idol, Chef Gusteau, who appears as a figment of Remy’s imagination. Remy’s arrival at the restaurant coinsides with the arrival (and employment) of Linguini. Linguini carries with him a mysterious letter from his mother. While he appears as a bit of a klutz, and mentions having “had so many” jobs, we don’t get anything further from him or any other characters on Remy’s background.

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Why did he lose so many jobs? Where did he come from? Why does he want a job in a kitchen? We never get these things answered. While this would work ok for some minor characters, it makes Linguini be nothing more than a bumbler. He kind of plays like Goofy. I don’t care about Goofy’s love life, I just want to see him try to learn to ski, swim, or play basketball. I felt the same way about Linguini in this film. With nothing more to go on, how am I supposed to feel about him?

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The other chefs in the kitchen are pretty much minor charatcers, with the exception of Skinner and Colette. Skinner is the head chef, and Colette is the only female in the group. She has fought hard to get where she is and she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her career on track. Skinner used to work for Chef Gusteau. He is pushing a line of cheap food for mass market, and we see some photos of him with Gusteau. He is set to take over the restaurant as his own in a few days so long as no heir of Gusteau’s is found. Guess who the heir turns out to be?

There is a love story between Colette and Linguini, Remy’s family finds where he is by accident and tries to get him to come back to the rat colony, Skinner suspects something with Linguini and the rat, and the story starts to go in several different directions at once. This is where the movie starts to come off the rails for me.

There are so many characters, and so much to tell about everyone, that there ends up being a lot of exposition through dialog rather than showing you things about the characters. To me, the story seems to have loose ends because of this. Did Skinner really kill Gusteau? It seems to be hinted at, but it never really gets answered. Throw in some other underdeveloped characters (Remy’s father, Anton Ego the food critic) and it gets even more convoluted.

On the plus side, the animation is impeccable, the effects are astounding, the music is great, and the overall feel of the film is warm and nice. I really liked the visual interpretation of what the flavor of food was like, and the flashback to childhood that Ego experiences when he tastes the dish Remy prepares for him.

I left the theater feeling like I had just watched a high end, animated episode of “Three’s Company” starring John Ritter. That’s not a bad thing. I really like that type of comedy and entertainment, but the characters felt “sitcomy” to me.

While the film overall is good, the lack of character development in crucial areas kept this film below “The Incredibles” and “The Iron Giant” in my Brad Bird film rankings. That being said, I think it was way better than “Cars”.

In all fairness to Brad Bird, this was a project that was not his to begin with. It’s hard to tell what was from the old project, and what was part of the revisions.

I liked the film, and will see it again. I would recommend seeing it to others.

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What are your thoughts?
-Floyd Bishop

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Yeah, I think I pretty much agree with you. I’ve seen it twice (got to catch a sneak preview and then again on opening night). The second time I really realized that I wasn’t really involved in the characters. Like you said, it’s still a good movie, has great comedy, superb artistic design and animation–but I think I can tell that this wasn’t really Brad’s brainchild from the start. Both The Incredibles and Iron Giant made me forget that I was watching an animated film, but Ratatouille didn’t. In all fairness they are talking rats, but Iron Giant had a talking robot, and I reacted as if he was real. Still, I am up for a 3rd viewing, if only to see that fantastic animation again.

 

Yeah, I liked the movie, but the characters felt kind of flat.

 

I pretty much disagree with your review. I went into the movie not expecting much, just another talking animal flick except this time from pixar and I left amazed. I think you complain that there was too much exposition in the dialog but you want more of it for character development. That doesn’t make much sense. Who really cares what other jobs Linguini had and why he lost him? You could look at him bumbling around the kitchen and kinda figure it out. Did he have a goofy-ish quality to him? Yeah, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t care about him. I think the character came off completely realistically and that’s what I loved about it. Pixar doesn’t seem to make characters that are flawless and cute just so they could sell more toys. They write the characters in a way they would react to the situation and they all react differently. That’s what makes them great characters.

 

I agree with Dave over here. With Linguini, we can certainly figure out why he lost other jobs based on his meek and bumbling character. We know where he comes from, because as soon as he’s introduced, we learn that he spent time at the restaurant since he was a little boy. Plus, he obviously wants a job in the kitchen because he’s lost his other jobs. He’s not interested in cooking there; he just wants something to pay the bills. He then moves into cooking (with Remy’s help of course) because he has no other choice. He’s fired if he can’t cook. Another thing to remember here is who the important characters in the story are, and who are the supporting characters. You seem to be focusing on these minor characters; whos’ jobs are to move the story along. Not to take center stage. The point of Remy’s family is to setup the climax of the story, when they come to his rescue. To tell the truth, the most confusing thing to me was when Emile kept calling Remy “little brother”, I thought that Remy was the older one. As far as the father, he’s looking out for the whole family, when he learns about Remy’s gift he’s gonna use him as a poison checker. The father is very “business minded” and does what he can to protect the group. But we learn later that he does care about Remy’s desires and such. As far as Remy and Linguini, the most important character in the story is Remy, Linguini is to some extent a supporting character. The movie begins as Remy’s story and ends as it too. We care about Linguini’s “love life” because it affects Remy. That love life compromises Remy’s goal of being a chef, because he needs Linguini, who gets distracted by Colette, leaving Remy to be somewhat on his own. It’s important when analyzing a movie is to figure out who that main character is. I’ll give another example of this, in The Incredibles, although the whole family is front and center, the main character is Mr. Incredible. The story revolves around him, and his trying to cope with normal life. He family has issues adjusting, but the whole family works together, and gets over that as soon as he does. Same thing with Toy Story, there Woody is the real main character. We don’t need to find out all the answers in the movie. Finding out if Skinner killed Gusteau doesn’t affect the flow of the story, and introducing that is an unimportant, and unnecessary detail, which may draw you out of it. The most important character is Remy, who has the most development. We see where he comes from, and we see what his motivations are. Linguini, who we should remember basically is a puppet, isn’t the main focus of the story, and as a result get the character development needed to play his role. Secondary characters are called that for a reason. The time they get for development is enough for them to play their role. Linguini is that. Remember, the movie is the story of a rat that wants to be a chef. Not the story of a klutz who wants to keep his job.

 

I guess what I mean for the exposition is that they tell you too much, and don’t show you enough. When Remy gets seperated from his family, he doesn’t seem to be too attached to any of them at that point, save his brother. Before that, when Remy and his brother are in the old lady’s house, he shouts to his brother not to lead the lady to the colony. They didn’t really build up that the lady hated rats, or the colony was in jeapordy, or any of that. While one could argue that she hated rats because most people hate rats, it doesn’t build up any tension at all. Had they had one quick sequence of the lady trying to kill some rats, it would have been a much more powerful moment when she finally finds the colony.

With the Incredibles, we see Mr Incredible with his wife and kids and they build up that relationship quite well. You know how he feels about them. When he thinks they have been killed by Syndrome’s missles, that’s a really powerful sequence. It would not have been so strong had they not built up that relationship before that. If “Ratatouille” spent some more time building up the relationship between Remy and his colony, it would have been more powerful when he was lost from them. I guess for me it goes back to the Mark Twain quote: “Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.”

 

I thought the shotgun and the rat poison built up the tension needed to tell us that the lady hates rats.

 

Yes, I think you do need to see it again and pay attention (”clooose attention” as Skinner would say :-) and your questions will be answered. Or, here’s my go at it…..
1) Linguini got the job at the kitchen because of his recently deceased mother who had a relationship with Gusteau. He failed at his other jobs because he is obviously a clod. and, uh, where’d he come from? That’s a weird question. Renata and gusteau…Paris…what more do you need to know? He’s like anyone one of us trying to find themselves and their purpose and are tired of failure. How can you not feel for him. Have we not all been stuck in a crappy apartment trying to figure life and jobs out. He has pressure to recreate the soup externally and internally to try and make something of himself.
2) Of course the timing of linguini showing up and being the heir take that course. Renata set it in motion with her death and letter. We can also get the motivation of Renata when we find out about his illegitimacy.
3) It wasn’t hinted at that Skinner killed Gusteau at all. Let me know where you got that one.
I think that the great part about it is that it’s smart enough to let you figure it out and not spell it out.

 

The “Skinner killed Gusteau” hint I got was when Skinner was talking to his lawyer about the boy poking around, finding out too much. While it was obvious that he meant the inheritance of the restaurant, it seemed like it may have been scared that the boy may find that Skinner killed (or ordered the killing) of Gusteau. I got this from how Skinner acted, the fact that the other cooks in the kitchen had such dark back stories, and the secret dislike of Gusteau from Skinner. There was a lot of incredible animation in this film. The hair and fur team should get a raise. They did some amazing stuff in this film and it was flawless. My only other minor critique of the film would be the toon shaded version of Gusteau when he is speaking from the pages of the cookbook before Remy comes out of the sewer. The toon shading isn’t too successful on the character’s hands. The higher frame rate also fought against the toon shaded look. I would have had an animator do that sequence in traditional 2D, similar to how the flavor of food and end credits were done. Again, a minor critique, but I did notice it.

 

Hi.

Well, i love pixar movies, they are fantastic in every way, i can say that pixar is my favorite studio in the world that makes CG animated films.

Ratatouille has the most fantastic visuals that i have ever seen in any CG film, the animation is AMAZING, and some sequences are dinamic and very well directed with fantastic photography and camera movements.
And again, speaking of animation, the facial animation is by far the best that i have seen in an animated CG movie, so smooth and fluid.

Well, havin said that, PERSONALLY IN MY OPINION i found the story very very BORING and UNINTERESTING……ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
I did NOT care much for any of the characters, and the story did not have many surprises and it was very linear….i found the story to be non interesting to me at all, to much speak about cooking and no much about other things, there was NOT sub-plots or anything…If you see the trailer then you pretty much know everything of what the movie is about.

I think Brad Bird is one of the greatest directors in the world today, he`s two previous works are AMAZING in every way, but i think that the problem here could have been that he was not in the movie from the begining.
I read somewhere the Lasseter said that the movie was just not working in the first year or so, and thats why they call Bird to aport some ideas and to join the team as a director and co-writter….

Anyways, visually the movie is AMAZING in every level, a truly work of art, but i did not like the story, it does have some nice things and dialogues.

congratulation to the guys at pixar.
Yolao

 

Hi Yolao,
Can you email me your contact info? I have an animation question for you. I’m at noah.arntson@gmail.com. Thanks.

 

I agree with Floyd. I saw the movie yesterday, and while I think it’s a wonderful, charming, accomplished film, it simply lacks the emotional “oomph” of other Pixar films and certainly any of the best Disney films. It’s very lightweight, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, I guess I expected more from something I spent 8 bucks on. But I DID like it better than “Cars”. I care for more about Remy than I did about any of the talking vehicles in that film. But I don’t care about Remy like I did about Buzz and Woody and Mike and Sully (from “Toy Story” and “Monsters Inc.”, respectively).

 

Thanks for the review dood! When I see it, I’ll keep these things in the back of my head.

 

Re: “Skinner killed Gusteau” and the 2d render - Man talk about nitpicking! :-) It’s funny to critique something that is only through your own misjudgement. It’s also funny to nitpick something like a brief 2d render. I loved the way it looked and think you are crazy. :-) Ultimitely here, though, your critiques (especially the 3’s company weirdness) are really puzzling and I couldn’t disagree with you any more strongly. You definitely need to see it again! I know I am. :-)

 

I’ll be seeing it again as well. I didn’t hate the film, I’m just pointing out some of what I saw. Thanks for taking part in the discussion.

 

I’m guessing that to develop the characters more, the movei woudl have to be longe and 1:50 is pretty long already for a “family” film. To say that it is like a sitcom may be true in the best sense. A “situation comedy” is one that takes fairly normal characters and derives interest by placing them in unusual situations.

 

I utterly 100% disagree with you, Floyd. To me, the film went far deeper than some surface plotline, and really spoke to the heart of what it means to overcome odds to follow your dreams. It really resonated with me, as an artist in this industry, and I was even a little choked up at the end. I am surprised that you didn’t even acknowledge the deeper message and instead chose to nit pick on trifles about the characters. I thought all the loose ends tied up really well and I didn’t need to know more about Linguini in order to ‘get’ him or like him - in fact, too many of those details would have cluttered up the story, which was really about Remy. And where did you even get the impression that Gusteau was murdered??? Just because Skinner was a bad guy? What film did you see, we obviously didn’t see the same one. The characters felt very believable to me and not at all “sitcommed”, maybe only a tad heightened, because of the animation medium. I thought the film was brilliant, more of an adult comedy that kids could also enjoy, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an ounce of inner artist in them.

 

I saw “Ratatouille” like everyone else. I think they could have done more with Remy and his family at the start of the film to build that bond so that when they are separated, you feel the loss of family more than you do. As it is now, you have a father that doesn’t approve of his lifestyle and forces him to be a poison sniffer. Why should I care that he’s separated from him? I almost felt relief for Remy, since he was now free to do whatever he wanted. I think they spent too much time on slapstick and not enough time on character building. The film also suffered a bit form the same problem with almost all other animated films in recent history: too many characters. They all eat up screen time. This is time that could have been better spent showing Remy struggling with life as a normal rat (allowing for a better pay off when he finally becomes a chef). The way the movie plays now, he was always a good cook and being a chef was easy for him. There is no struggle to be a chef, he just is. Again, I liked the film, I just thought that the film wasn’t as strong in the character department as “Incredibles” or “Iron Giant”.

 

Exactly! If the family bond was stronger, then it would’ve been a tragedy that Remy was separated and he wouldn’t have felt as compelled to leave the sewer. Why darken the comedy aspect, especially so early in the film, with that kind of emotional despair? While I do partially agree with the too-many characters on screen, I thought it was juggled pretty well, considering. And I really just don’t understand your problem with Remy “struggling to be a chef” in fact wasn’t that the point of the entire film, that when you are born with an inherent talent, it’s your station in the world that holds you back and not your talent? That you have to struggle to prove your talent to the world despite impossible odds? I had NO struggle to be an artist and a story-teller, I just WAS. The hard part was convincing everyone else and letting me show my talent! Just like Remy…well, it’s obvious that we aren’t going to see eye to eye on this. Why am I even bothering to convince you, when Brad and Pixar couldn’t even do it.

 

Although the points in some reviews concerning lack of character development have merit. I agree that the themes of this film are what make it moving. As well as the themes of the individual finding himself and following his dream and the strength of family, there was a thread that had to do with the triumph of the common over the elite. This was demonstrated by a rat, the most vile and common of creatures, becoming a master chef and also by the “peasent food,” ratatouille, winning the praises of the most snobbish food critic. Both of these events give the film an ironic antithesis that for me was quite emotional. The message was in many was ploitical. This film is a romantic triumph of the common man.

 

I don’t know, I watched The Incredibles again last night, and it still involves me more in the characters than Ratatouille did. I think the point that Floyd was making is that neither Remy or Linguini have an extensive history. And I’m not sure they really change much by the end of the story. The characters who change the most are Ego, Remy’s Dad and the rat colony, and maybe Colette–not the main characters. Remy starts out the movie as an amazing chef, even though he doesn’t know all the rules, and he ends the story as an amazing chef, only now being recognized for it. The most that happens with Linguini is that he falls in love, and discovers he’s a good waiter, but both of those plot points are sort of just revealed quickly through gags. Funny gags! But all the same, not in was that made me relate.

Now before you rip into me too ;) Visually the movie was amazing, and definitely a step up from Incredibles. I think it’s a great comedy, but I think it does lack the emotional resonance of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles.

But then again, art is subjective ;)

 

Were you watching the same film that I saw? Ratatouille is a flawless masterpiece. Not just in animation, but in filmmaking. It is the equal of The Incredibles. The story, the characters, the animation, the acting and the score are all superb. Never before have I seen such an original concept that was executed with such precision. On a secondary note, why have the audacity to post your review of this film. Anton Ego’s character points out the worthlessness of scrutinizing the work of another in something so superficial as an 11 paragraph review. Why not spend your energy on creating characters and stories that succeed where, according to you, Brad Bird and Pixar have failed.

 

Whoa, Bernard, you’re being a little harsh. It’s okay, relax. The guy’s review was positive, if not calling it a “flawless masterpiece”.

 

If this is a positive review, I must say it is the most seemingly negative “positive review” that I have ever read. I think the uproar is not at the overall review but of the odd “hang-ups” the author has about the film that seem to illustrate a slight lack of understanding about good story telling. But, mind you, we are not all entertained by the same stories. I think this has moved past the point of conversation and taken on the “our side is right, your side is wrong no matter what,” mentality. I don’t see anyone swaying one way or another. It has definitely generated strong emotions, though. It may not be “flawless,” but a “masterpiece” none the less. As the old adage goes “Put up or shut up” (not meant to offend, merely to illustrate). It serves to the critic’s discredit when he can not show successes of his own. Not that he can not criticize, but it does make one question how much weight to lend such criticism. Show them up if you feel you can see so clearly their flawed story telling.

 

If you take your Pixar goggles off you’ll see that the main point I’m making is that I didn’t think the characters were too well developed. I don’t see what my own work history has to do with the character development in a movie I didn’t work on?

 

I love pixar movies, and the two previous works of bird (iron giant and the incredibles) are wonderful works in every sense.

Ratatouille has the most amazing visuals and animation that i have ever seen in an animated CG movie.

BUT, for my, PERSONALLY IN MY OWN OPINION, the story was very very boring and NON INTERESTING, all the characters kind of have like a generic personallity and i did not care for any of them at all.
The story was very linear, with not interesting twists, and with just to much speak about cooking and not much about other themes….mmmm

I heard that Bird join the project when the story development stage was very on their way, so Bird join a bit late regarding the story development.
I`m sure if Bird was in the film since the begining the story would have been a lot more well done….

So overall, wonderful visuals and animation but IMHO boring and uninteresting story.

 

This page is madness. Ratatouille is one of the most layered, deep, and beautiful animated movies of all time and people think it’s generic and sitcomy? I am utterly dumbfounded.

 

I totally agree with this ‘Rats’ review. Instead of being cute and sympathetic, Remy comes off as a somewhat annoying food snob. The whole film felt like a vehicle for Brad Bird to whine about the horrible burden of being a misunderstood genius. While there was a lot to love about the film, overall it was uneven and even a little preachy. Entertainment comes from high stakes and genuine character relationships, and despite the labored ruminations about talent and professional aspirations, Remy didnt have any desire in the movie other than to further his own goals. He never had to risk anything to help anyone else out. Why should we give a damn if he gets to be a chef or not?

 

“Whine about the horrible burden of being a misunderstood genius”? I don’t think, at this point, Brad has any such burdens. Remy came off as incredibly sympathetic and well written! It’s easy to be an armchair critic and very difficult to actually make one of these suckers. Seems to me you are the one whining. Where’s your feature film?

 

I’ve worked on a few features, but that isn’t a qualification to write a review. If you saw the film, you are qualified to write a review. You watch the movie, you write what you thought about it. The point of a review on the blogs is to spark a conversation about the film, which we’ve done. Personal animation qualifications are irrelevant.

 

In the words of Ego the critique “Negative criticism is easy to write and fun to read.” He also said something along the lines of you may criticize a piece of junk but it’s value is still greater than that of your criticism. I have read all the arguments here and I must say it seems like a lot of small man complex. With every new Pixar film, the critics get more and more desperate to tear them down. It seems to be human nature to destroy rather than build up those around us. Arrogance from the bottom up is just as ugly as from the top down. Everyone here is most definitely entitled to his or her opinion… and this is mine. It was a heart warming piece full of life and charm. Not flawless. yet enjoyable and extremely well crafted none the less. You may criticize, yet those criticisms presented here seem to be grasping at straws. I recommend everyone to see the film. It is another Pixar masterpiece.

 

haha, i dont think he’s wearing pixar goggles floyd but you may want to put on your reading glasses…

in the beginning of his last post he says that your opinions illustrate that you have a slight lack of understanding about good story telling. YOUR OPINIONS, no mention of pixar nor fanboyish attitude or defense of pixar, just an observation.

he then makes an observation about the thread and how it’s taken an emotional turn, a “he said” “she said” scenario where noone can be right and no compromise can be made because the discussion has become bias.

thennn, he asks you to show us some work thats better, because he doubts your credibility based on all that stuff i talked about earlier when he mentioned that you dont sound to knowledgeable based on YOUR OWN POSTS.

noone really can see what your own work history has to do with this discussion, but you never seem to fail to mention it every chance you get. i particularly like that humorous picture you tout on one of your other threads, like you guys were boys or something…

i think you need to take a step back from defending yourself from this very true post and re read it. you’ll see that he’s merely proving a point and calling you out at the same time. im sure there would be alot of people who would be entertained by you attempting to do better so i second the invitation.

show them up if you feel you can see so clearly thier flawed story telling.

 

Story is important, and a story is told through the characters. In this film, I didn’t think the characters were as well developed as they could have been.

Instead of mentioning me several times in your post, why not talk about the film I’ve critiqued? Can you show some examples of the character development in “Ratatouille” being better than that of “The Incredibles” or “Iron Giant”? I stand by my review. We’ll see how the film does in the long run, but it’s not Brad Bird’s best, or Pixar’s best for that matter. I really did like the movie, but thought that the characters could have been better developed.

 

I love pixar movies, and the two previous works of bird (iron giant and the incredibles) are wonderful works in every sense.

Ratatouille has the most amazing visuals and animation that i have ever seen in an animated CG movie.

BUT, for my, PERSONALLY IN MY OWN OPINION, the story was very very boring and NON INTERESTING, all the characters kind of have like a generic personallity and i did not care for any of them at all.
The story was very linear, with not interesting twists, and with just to much speak about cooking and not much about other themes….mmmm

I heard that Bird join the project when the story development stage was very on their way, so Bird join a bit late regarding the story development.
I`m sure if Bird was in the film since the begining the story would have been a lot more well done….

So overall, wonderful visuals and animation but IMHO boring and uninteresting story.

 

I love pixar movies, and the two previous works of bird (iron giant and the incredibles) are wonderful works in every sense.

Ratatouille has the most amazing visuals and animation that i have ever seen in an animated CG movie.

BUT, for my, PERSONALLY IN MY OWN OPINION, the story was very very boring and NON INTERESTING, all the characters kind of have like a generic personallity and i did not care for any of them at all.
The story was very linear, with not interesting twists, and with just to much speak about cooking and not much about other themes….mmmm

I heard that Bird join the project when the story development stage was very on their way, so Bird join a bit late regarding the story development.
I`m sure if Bird was in the film since the begining the story would have been a lot more well done….

So overall, wonderful visuals and animation but IMHO boring and uninteresting story.

 

I am one of the amazed but also detached and slightly bored viewers of the movie. I went in feeling tired and having had the movie hyped a lot so I knew that was a tough start. It was a Monday night and there were only about 15 people in the audience. By the time Linguini (had to look up his name) is talking to Colette (and hers) I was starting to fall asleep and the younger kids were running around the isles. I guess that puts us both in the same class. I think it might fade pretty quickly from the spotlight.

The food critics child hood response was a truly powerful moment in the film that reminded me what I had been missing. The film is way better than anything else animated recently and it moved expertly from one idea to another. I just didn’t feel the ideas were that interesting in the first place. Part of the disappointment is that Pixar is the only studio that might actually surprise. They are the best and I guess I just wanted them to do even more. Somewhere in the movie a known rat could have been killed by a known human to really make it difficult between Linguini and Remey.

Emmanuel Lubezki (DP - Children of Men) in a recent interview was asked his opinion of animated movies. He said his main problem was that he never feels like any character is in real danger. This was in my mind as I watched Ratatouille. Not just physical danger but emotional danger as well. Like Cars, I dont think it passed this test. The Incredibles was different. When Mr Incredible (didnt need to look up his name ;-) was in the insurance company I could really feel his emotional stress, the depression, potentially suicidal and when he started back on secret missions I could feel the inner excitement. I only felt this for a few brief moments with the food critic which was a joy but never for any of the main characters. Also I should say that the final battle in The Incredibles lost this tension for me as it went on and on.

Ratatouille was better than most but I don’t need to see it again (although I am sure I will) and it is already slipping from my thoughts.

 

Wolfgang- You either have bad taste or you are an idiot. “the story was very linear with not interesting twists?” Oh come on man, When all chefs in the kitchen left after they found out that Remy was behind Linguini’s cooking and left. Don’t tell me you knew the rats were going to help out in the kitchen. I certainly didnt.

Give the credits where its due man. Ratatoule is another great movie from Pixar and from Brad Bird. 95% from Rottentomatoes.com says alot about how great Brad Bird is. That’s 3 movies in a row from him with 95% and higher.

 

James…some people are crazy and only like Pixar rrovies but not the movies.

 
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