director: brad bird (the incredibles, tomorrowland)
starring: patton oswalt, brad garrett, ian holm, and peter o'toole
REVIEWER: lyall carter
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.
The Mouse House loves little furry critters from Bambi to The Rescuers their films have had walking, talking animals as their central characters. Pixar has a crack at this ‘genre’ and in Ratatouille we have one of their most intimate films yet.
Remy dreams of becoming a great chef, despite being a rat in a definitely rodent-phobic profession. He moves to Paris to follow his dream, and with the help of hapless garbage boy Linguini he puts his culinary skills to the test in the kitchen but he has to stay in hiding at the same time, with hilarious consequences. Remy eventually gets the chance to prove his culinary abilities to a great food critic but is the food good?
What makes the Disney animated films with furry critters so engaging, relevant, and timeless is that they use them to explore the depth and breadth of the human experience. Through Remy the little rat we witness his dream to become a chef and his drive, no matter the obstacles in his way, to achieve it. Its brave, heartwarming stuff and the kind of reminder we need that we need to with single vision pursue our wildest dreams no matter the obstacles.
A film about a rat that explores one of the most human expressions: to dream.