"You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true - anyone can cook... but only the fearless can be great." - Gusteau.
Remy is a rat who has an exemplary sense of smell and an overwhelming desire to become a chef. While being used as a rat poison detector, he feels that his talents are not being used to their full potential. Finding himself in the sewers below Paris, Remy stumbles upon the restaurant of his cooking idol, Gusteau. Observing the kitchen, he sees the cleaner Linguini accidentally spoil a soup. Remy takes matters into his own paws and sets about remedying the soup, with Linguini taking the credit. They form an unlikely partnership and set about saving the reputation of the once great Gusteau restaurant.
One of the many accomplishments this film achieves is to make rats look nice. Remy is a cheeky yet charming little chap and it would be very difficult to dislike him. I found myself rooting for him throughout. Linguini, the hapless, useless at cooking, awkward ginger (a character I couldn't really relate to in any way...) takes Remy under his wing - well, under his toque. Through Remy's cooking guidance, he becomes closer to the chef Colette who he is paired up with in the kitchen. A sweet romance blossoms between them, but how will Linguini tell Colette his little secret?
As with all Disney Pixar animated features, the humour caters for all ages. There are many laughs to be had. A favourite of mine was the scenes with the health inspector. Simple humour but very effective. I have to say that Paris looks wonderful. I have been lucky enough to have visited Pairs twice and the Paris depicted in Ratatouille is a remarkable representation. The chase scene through the streets and onto the Seine were very impressive. The background detail is fantastic - this is a really well made film.
I watched this second on a Pixar double bill with #223 Monsters Inc. and I have to say out of the two I think I enjoyed Ratatouille more. Maybe it's because I hadn't seen this before but I really liked it. It has a feel good factor about it and is one of those films that I feel I could just put on and enjoy whenever.
|There's a rat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?|
|Linguini and Colette.|
|Remy in Paris.|
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