When I first saw Ratatouille, I must admit I wasn’t overly keen on it. Growing up watching all the different Pixar films, I felt that Ratatouille seemed to miss the mark and was nowhere near as good as the rest.
Remy, an incredibly talented rat, makes an unusual friend in a young kitchen worker Linguini. The two form an unlikely bond, working together to become one of the best chefs in Paris.
Compared to most Pixar films, Ratatouille is considerably more adult. The story itself revolves around adult situations such as contesting a will but the film itself seems more human centric. In a film where the main character is supposed to be a rat, there is a lot of talking surrounding the humans – I suppose this is because Remy identifies with the humans more than with his rat family.
One thing I don’t understand however, is how French rats, living in and around Paris manage to have American accents? Much like Linguini, who is also supposed to be French and is surrounded by other French people but somehow manages to have an American accent. Obviously there weren’t enough French actors in Pixar’s database at the time!
Pixar however, have never lost their charm. The story, animation and music come together to create a great piece of cinema. The use of fireworks to simulate how the different food stuffs work together is a great touch and has many people relating to the rats. Much like Studio Ghibili films, Pixar always manage to make their food look delicious on screen.
Although he may be a rat, Remy’s character is very relatable and makes for a great leading character.
While Ratatouille may never be my favourite Pixar film, I enjoyed it a lot this time around and I will definitely be watching it again some time soon.
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