Ratatouille ★★★★★

One of the greatest films ever made on the subject of artistic passion is about a rat who becomes a chef. The words “on the subject of artistic passion” could be removed from that sentence and it would still be a truthful assessment of Ratatouille. Pixar’s story of French rat Remy (Patton Oswalt), who dreams of cooking gourmet cuisine, is so astonishingly moving that it feels like a spiritual experience. Brad Bird directs the film using the same meticulous expertise with which Remy prepares meals. Having not seen Ratatouille since it came out and having been largely indifferent to it at the time, I was unprepared to cry on more than one occasion — tears of anguish and, finally, tears of joy. Leave it to a sweet little rodent to be the most human among us.

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