We saw Ratatouille (2007, IMDB listing) last week, and it was so highly watchable that Ligia and I were tempted to go see it again right away. But you didn’t need me to tell you that — everyone and their mother is raving about this movie.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Brad Bird, the director/writer, along with Pixar and Disney, really hit the sweet spot with Ratatouille. It appeals to everyone who watches it. While children will love it for the characters and the action, adults will love it for the plotline and the dialog. Let’s not forget the little touches, the refinements in animation that endear the movie to those of us who notice them. Take for example the little curls in movement at the end of an action, the natural fluidity of characters and objects, the camera-like effects such as aperture and movement blur, the beautiful, glossy look of textures — oh, I could just advance the movie frame by frame and go on and on…
We know the movie ends well — it’s a Disney movie, after all — so we know the little rat is going to make it somehow. Ah, but getting there is all the fun here. Just how he makes it makes the movie! What thrills, what delights, what explosions of animated flavor, oh it makes me smile when I think about them! 😀
You’ve got to see this movie. I plan on renting it from Netflix when it gets out and watching it over and over again, savoring it like a rare, aged piece of Brie. Talk about age — Peter O’Toole just gets better and better with time. His portrayal of Anton Ego was spot on, just right, couldn’t be improved. Can’t wait to see it again!