Saturday, June 30, 2007

Ratatouille: What a Movie!

Are you looking for a fresh new film that is entertaining, fast- moving and fun for the whole family? Then Ratatouille (pronounced rat-at-too-ee) is your pick.

Neither children nor adults will become bored with this delightful and delectable animated Pixar film written and directed by Brad Bird.

The star of Ratatouille is Remy (Patton Oswalt), a cute, sensitive blue rat with pink ears, a pink nose, and a penchant for cooking, who is very meticulous when it comes to grooming (never walking on his front paws, as he uses them for cooking and making sure that others wash their hands before performing this task) unlike your average rat. His sense of smell and taste are also much more acute than that of the average rat and unlike his peers and family members, he chooses to eat gourmet food rather than garbage.

Inspired by the great late chef Auguste Gusteau (Brad Garrett), whose motto was “anyone can cook”, Remy steals food to create a recipe and barely escapes death from a gun-toting granny, only to find his way to Gusteau’s restaurant in Paris. Once there, guided by the spirit of Gusteau, Remy doctors up a soup that was unintentionally ruined by Liguini (Lou Romano), a garbage boy with no culinary talents. The restaurant’s customers love the soup, and Linguini is called on to cook even more of Gusteau‘s recipes with the assistance of Remy under the supervision of Collette, the only female cook at Gusteau’s. With Remy’s assistance, the two working as a team, set off a titillating chain of events that turn the culinary world of Paris upside down.

Like a great recipe, this film has all the right ingredients – humor, drama, romance – which, blended together, offer a delicious and delightful treat.

Honesty, friendship, family, teamwork, and working hard to achieve one’s goals in life are the messages that come across in this film.

Rated G: Appropriate for all ages.

My rating: 4 out of 4 stars. ****

Related Post: Featured Friday Film: Ratatouille

1 comment: