Movie Stats & Links
|Patton Oswalt, Brian Dennehy,
Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, John Ratzenberger
|Of course, but
they might be bored. Mine were.
Disney, what do you think?
|There is some shot
gun play where and old lady is trying to take out the rats
that scared my littlest (3yrs) one.
|Rat sewer surfing.
|Ahhh… Hmm… Nope.
Disney/Pixar is at it again with the release of the
animated feature length movie "Ratatouille." Unlike past
collaborations, this movie does not have you suspend reality
in believing that toys have a will of their own (how creepy
is that), fish miss their children, or that cars can fall in
love. This movie will have you believing that rats have a
sense of taste, and that they can cook better than the greatest
chefs in France. Hmm…
A Movie Review
MPAA Rated - G
It's 1:50 Long
|A Review by
The story is a simple one of passion, love, and deceit.
Remy the Rat has a passion for fine food and loves watching
daytime TV cooking shows. Linguini is a down and out kid
looking for a job in Paris. As fate would have it the two
of them cross paths in the kitchen of the once famous, but now on
the outs, Café Gusteau. This is where Linguini learns he
can’t cook, but Remy discovers that he is an inspired great
chef. Too bad Remy's a rat and can’t pursue his talent, right?
Wrong. In a sort of Cyrano type tale, Remy and Linguini join
forces in an act that makes it appear as though Linguini is
an inspired chef. This leads to conflict, love, and
intrigue. Conflict in that the cooking duo begin to form a
resentment for each other. Love is discovered by Linguini
and his fellow cook, Colette. Lastly, this movie has intrigue
in that the new head chef, Skinner, discovers Linguini is the heir
to the great Chef Gusteau and tries to hide the fact. The
movie is quite contrived and predictable, but it’s an
animated feature so should I have lower standards and expect
less of a story from an animated feature. I think not.
Look, I’m all for suspending disbelief and getting into a
good story even if it is a story I’ve seen before. The movie
"Toy Story" wowed me with its look, and I felt for the
characters. I personally own and like to watch "Finding Nemo"
with my kids. But… "Ratatouille"… Well… It’s a story that has
been done and as for its characters, well, I could really
care less. Do you remember the first time Buzz flew in "Toy
Story"? Can you recall being scared by the viper fish in
"Finding Nemo"? I can recall those scenes as well as many
others from those movies and that is the kind of stuff that
made those movies great - Lots of memorable scenes. Ask me
to recall a memorable scene from "Ratatouille" and I go blank.
I really think this movie is a miss for the Disney/Pixar
partnership. It will make money and every kid out there will
see it. It’s a safe movie to take the kids to and parents
won’t be too bored, and that, perhaps, is the movie's only saving
grace. In a day and age of violent video games and movies,
this movie is safe. But it’s still a miss because it is not
memorable even in the smallest sense.
I give Ratatouille 2 of 5 stars. If you have kids you
know you’re gonna see it, but be warned that your time and
money are better spent elsewhere. BTW… Tell Grandma not to
buy the DVD for the kids unless you need a new coaster.
I'm Stu Gotz. 'nuff said.