Ratatouille: A Cinematic Treat

One thing about having kids in the house is that adults can indulge the little kids in them by engaging in child’s play, a sort of “free pass” to being child-like without being childish. Watching movies clearly designed for kids is one of those indulgences, and Ratatouille fit the bill last night.

Made by the same people that brought the world The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc., Ratatouille is a CGI-fest set in epicurean Paris, where a little rat named Remy (voiced by comedian, Patton Oswalt) dreams of the culinary life. Guided by apparitions of Gusteau (voiced by Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Brad Garrett)– the Emeril Lagasse of Paris who recently passed away from despair over losing one of his restaurant’s five stars– the rodent discovers his talent for cooking and soon finds himself in a position where such abilities are put to use. The challenge, of course, was how can a rat be accepted in the gourmet world? Enter Linguini (voiced by Lou Romano), the heir apparent to Gusteau who, unfortunately, does not possess any of his late-father’s skills. The pair soon develops a method to bring Remy’s recipes come to life.

Like any “feel good” good story, there always has to be a villain and a love interest. The bad guy is in the character of Skinner (voiced by Sir Ian Holm), Sous Chef to Gusteau, whose plans for the expansion of the late-chef’s business does not include his former boss’s newly-discovered son. Janeane Garofalo lends her voice to the character of Colette, the only female chef in the famous restaurant’s kitchen, who was tasked by Skinner with Linguini’s orientation in the kitchen after the former “garbage boy” was mistaken for a chef due to Remy’s fateful involvement. And, naturally, Colette and Linguini fall in love.

The nearly two-hour film was engaging in both its visual characteristics and story development that almost any kid would love it. This big kid certainly did.


3 Responses to “Ratatouille: A Cinematic Treat”

  1. 1 prettysleepy February 18, 2008 at 9:42 am

    I loved this movie!

  2. 2 mauthor February 18, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    On my top movies in 2007 blog, I rated this movie as #1.

  3. 3 damyantig February 18, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    I loved it too:), and my hubby kept grumbling about the number of cartoon films he has had to watch ever since we got married!


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