Movie Review: Pixar and Disney’s “Ratatouille”

Hi!  It’s the Director!

I recently watched Ratatouille, and I have decided to post my thoughts on it.

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Here’s a short summary (If you haven’t watched the movie and plan to, do not read this!):

Ratatouille is a movie about a little rat, named Remy, who has high hopes of becoming a chef, and he often reads cookbooks and watches cooking shows.  Suddenly, he finds himself in a once famous Parisian restaurant.  The restaurant had lost it’s status, however, when the main chef, Gusteau, died.  After befriending the garbage boy, called Linguini, the rat helps him cook delicious dishes.

Soon the restaurant has a comeback, thanks to Remy.  A famous restaurant critic decides to review the restaurant, and he is very picky.  If he doesn’t like the food, the restaurant looses business.

There is a fight between the boy and the rat, because Linguini was taking credit for Remy’s dishes.  But when the critic arrives, Linguini makes amends with Remy when he reveals his secret: a rat has been cooking for him.  Everyone working in the kitchen quits then and there, so Remy’s old rat colony pitches in.

In the end, the critic loves the food, and the secret is revealed to all, closing down the restaurant.  But they open up another restaurant, and they all lived happily ever after.

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Now, the reviews for the movie were great, so I thought I would love it.  But this movie didn’t work for me – I didn’t like it.  If you loved it, please don’t take this review to heart, because nobody has to agree with my thoughts anyway.  I will be pretty tough on the movie, so I apologize if you’re a fan of the movie.  Below I will list four reasons why I didn’t like the movie.

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First of all, I don’t like the idea of a rat cooking food for people.  I really didn’t like when all of the rats come pouring out or into an area, even to help.  You just can’t justify a rat in the kitchen cooking food, no matter how cute he is.

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Next, Linguini, the boy, isn’t really likable.  He is a bit dopey, and it doesn’t seem to me that he even wants to cook!  In the scene where Remy, the rat, first comes into the kitchen, Linguini is messing with a soup.  Why is he even messing with it?  We never learn.  And the relationship between the boy and the rat is, to me, non-existent.  They have no bond between each other.

Also, there is a bad guy in the movie, named Skinner.  He wants to own the kitchen and sell canned items and foods using the restaurant’s name.  But his obstacle is that Linguini is actually Gusteau’s son!  Until that battle is won, and Linguini owns the kitchen, Skinner is always in the scene, chasing somebody or trying to own the kitchen.  But even after Linguini owns the kitchen, Skinner keeps popping up everywhere!  He keeps coming back when you think that he has finally gone away.

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Finally, they wasted a lot of time getting Remy to Paris.  He used to live with his family in the French countryside.  Then he is discovered by an old lady with a rifle.  The lady tries to shoot the rats, and during this scene Remy is separated from his family.  But you are twenty minutes into the movie when Remy finally reaches Paris!  They could have shortened that up to keep the story moving with good pace.

Overall, something didn’t click for me in the movie.  If I were the director of Ratatouille, I would have added these improvements:  Gusteau, the old chef who used to cook at the restaurant, didn’t need to die in the movie.  He could have just retired, and the restaurant needs his help on a special dish.  Maybe they could have made Gusteau’s secret, to his fabulous cooking, be a rat too.  He could have had a rat cook for him as well, and maybe that rat was Remy’s mom, so they both have the talent.  And they could have replaced the rats with hamsters, or guinea pigs, as well, to lighten up the healthy, sanitary side.  Lastly, I really don’t think that animated movies should be longer than an hour and a half, but this was an hour and fifty minutes.

Now Remy is cute, but that wasn’t enough to make me like the movie.

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Thank you for reading!

The Director

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