EJ Paras’s review published on Letterboxd:
“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.”
Average piece of junk — not Ratatouille! I’m many years too late to watching this film, but honestly this is one of my favorite Pixar movies I’ve ever watched, and let’s not kid ourselves, this is just a fantastic movie.
Thematically, there’s a lot to resonate with: “anyone can do _______” — but you have to have the love and determination to achieve that goal. On top of that, there’s also the issue that Remy has of being a rat who desires to be in a kitchen… talk about an identity crisis and fish-out-of-water experience. Themes spelled out in a way that’s discernible by all, but I’d imagine that this movie will be most effective for those let’s say ten and older.
What I was really blown away by was how genuinely exciting, thrilling, and unique this movie was! The first kitchen scene was so action-packed as Remy simply tried to find a way to escape. Brad Bird knows how to craft an action sequence, and really just make his films feel alive. All throughout, I was charmed by the attention-to-detail of Paris as a setting, the chefs making complex dish after dish in the kitchen… just everything. Many times throughout I was all smiles, and there was one moment that only lasts maybe 5-10 seconds that made my heart swell (hint: Ego).
Ratatouille is gorgeous and inspiring. Such an imaginative film and one of the best animated movies ever.
Watching this movie will make you hungry! 🇫🇷
“If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.”