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Ratatouille (2007)

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Time Out says

Mon Oct 8 2007

The title of Pixar’s fabulous latest animation gives you its three elegantly dovetailed elements: rodents, food and French. Co-director Jan Pinkava’s original idea was sweetly ridiculous – can a naive, ambitious rat (baby-eyed Remy, charmingly voiced by Patton Oswalt), long inspired by his reading of a famous French chef’s recipe book, realise his dream to become a chef? This has been turned by its final director, Brad ‘The Incredibles’ Bird, into one of the most witty, clever, gently moral, dramatically convincing and visually stimulating family entertainments of the year.

The animation is extraordinary too, and occasionally breathtaking. It’s so enticing, in fact, that card-carrying anti-anthropomorphists like this reviewer can readily accept its ‘big ask’: not only a talking rodent but one able to make a celebrity chef out of his hopeless human helpmeet (the docile, disaster-zone Linguini, voiced by Lou Romano) by jerking his hair from inside his hat, like a Pinocchio pulling his master’s strings.

It’s a tribute to the film’s tonal and directorial control, not to mention its sympathy, detail, intelligence and lack of pretension, that such subtextual sub-currents and metaphors – be they the immigrant experience à la ‘American Tail’, digs at McBurger food ethics or the assignation of artistic credit – never obscure its pleasures. Those pleasures are found in its vivid characters (such as its frightening Snow White-style villain, the power-crazed Anton Ego, a food critic with the features of a Gothic Will Self and the voice of Peter O’Toole), richness of ideas and daring sense of fun. A test for tiny tots, a mite nostalgic and as male-dominated as a modern kitchen it may be, but these are mere quibbles about this delightful addition to the Pixar pantheon.

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UK release:

Fri Oct 12, 2007

Duration:

111 mins

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Francophile

The film reviewer was spot on. The choice of realistic looking rats swarming a French kitchen is absolutely disgusting and makes the premise of the film revolting. At least Disney's mice in such classics as Cinderella were abstract enough to be adorable. Ratatouille's rats reek of rodenthood. Perhaps the readers' reviews reflect their comfort with the city's rat population because they don't reflect the reality of this disgusting (and trite) film

Hugh Bris

A poor film because "rats are gross"? The film was poor for other reasons, poor plotting, characterization and numerous animated cliches. The film may have have been bad but that review is worse.

Bobby Bob

Made for snobs? For Pixar Movies, we've seen far too special characters. Mike and Sully were the top scarers. Lightning McQueen was a fast racecar. A not as special rat trying his best yet struggling in life is more appealing because from the very beginning there is a problem in the story

ANDY

What an idiot. Obviously did the review based on a synopsis of the movie. Not one mention of events in the actual movie in the review. He didnt watch it

ANDY

What an idiot. Obviously did the review based on a synopsis of the movie. Not one mention of events in the actual movie in the review. He didnt watch it

JRL@SFO.USA

You people really don't grok what the review is about. Anton was a total crepe in his reviews of all the restaurants, but he eventually came around. Even after "the gig was up", and the health department shut down the place, he still dined every night, on the same entree, always. This guy's just playing Anton. For my part, it was was just another mediocre Pixar film, like all the other Pixar films. Ho-hum... NOT!!

JRL@SFO.USA

You people really don't grok what the review is about. Anton was a total crepe in his reviews of all the restaurants, but he eventually came around. Even after "the gig was up", and the health department shut down the place, he still dined every night, on the same entree, always. This guy's just playing Anton. For my part, it was was just another mediocre Pixar film, like all the other Pixar films. Ho-hum... NOT!!

JL1957

Great movie, lousy review. The movie's action-packed, very funny, and it's... just an all-around great movie! Why not like it? It's just as epic and funny and great as Cars, The Incredibles, Toy Story, and every other Pixar movie! The idiot who wrote this review needs to get over himself. Loser!

JL1957

Great movie, lousy review. The movie's action-packed, very funny, and it's... just an all-around great movie! Why not like it? It's just as epic and funny and great as Cars, The Incredibles, Toy Story, and every other Pixar movie! The idiot who wrote this review needs to get over himself. Loser!

PixelPixie86

If this movie was really made for snobs, you would've liked it, wouldn't you, Joshua? Honestly, you're either a 9-year-old trolling on the internet, or just a complete retard! Ratatouille's a really great movie. PIXAR FTW!!!

PixelPixie86

If this movie was really made for snobs, you would've liked it, wouldn't you, Joshua? Honestly, you're either a 9-year-old trolling on the internet, or just a complete retard! Ratatouille's a really great movie. PIXAR FTW!!!

David

This review is a bunch of crap if you ask me. if you really thoroughly watched the movie and got the point across then it would make the movie alot better. the movie was entertaining and even if you dont appeal to a rat making your food in a 4 star restaurant, it is still an animated movie and is not real. Watch it again and be careful with your word choice...

David

This review is a bunch of crap if you ask me. if you really thoroughly watched the movie and got the point across then it would make the movie alot better. the movie was entertaining and even if you dont appeal to a rat making your food in a 4 star restaurant, it is still an animated movie and is not real. Watch it again and be careful with your word choice...

Jonathan

Great movie, stupid reviewer. Or was he? Maybe all he was doing was being a troll. I and everyone here are thus obviously troll bait.

Jonathan

Great movie, stupid reviewer. Or was he? Maybe all he was doing was being a troll. I and everyone here are thus obviously troll bait.

Doug

i dont think old josh actually saw the movie. did you just skip the movie and write the review? your point about the movie is stunningly profound - it's about rats, which are gross, (following me here?) so, ratatouille = bad movie. hey! seriously, i hope your managing editor doesn't find out you skipped the show joshy boy.

Doug

i dont think old josh actually saw the movie. did you just skip the movie and write the review? your point about the movie is stunningly profound - it's about rats, which are gross, (following me here?) so, ratatouille = bad movie. hey! seriously, i hope your managing editor doesn't find out you skipped the show joshy boy.

Captpan6

I think this guy wrote a bad review on purpose, just to get all of you riled up.

Captpan6

I think this guy wrote a bad review on purpose, just to get all of you riled up.

ReluctantH

Wow, what a massive douche-nozzle. Oswalt echoing Giamati? Someone saw sideways recently and desperately needs to sound like they have a decent spectrum of actors. Fuck this guy. Ratatouille FTW.

ReluctantH

Wow, what a massive douche-nozzle. Oswalt echoing Giamati? Someone saw sideways recently and desperately needs to sound like they have a decent spectrum of actors. Fuck this guy. Ratatouille FTW.

steph

i have to admit that when i saw the trailer, i thought it would be dumb. i watched this film with a little girl i babysat , and was pleasantly surprised. iT is way better than any other animated movie i have seen. even after seeing it 3 times i still love it. whoever wrote this review is clearly off their rocker.

steph

i have to admit that when i saw the trailer, i thought it would be dumb. i watched this film with a little girl i babysat , and was pleasantly surprised. iT is way better than any other animated movie i have seen. even after seeing it 3 times i still love it. whoever wrote this review is clearly off their rocker.

Justin

You're kidding right? this reviewers must be smoking something... this is not supposed to be realistic, of course if you saw a rat in a kitchen you'd gross out, but that's not the point of this movie. Next time you should think of hiring someone who understands the movie to review said movie

Justin

You're kidding right? this reviewers must be smoking something... this is not supposed to be realistic, of course if you saw a rat in a kitchen you'd gross out, but that's not the point of this movie. Next time you should think of hiring someone who understands the movie to review said movie

Deb J

The movie was a masterpiece, a delightful story, womderful animation and a good deal of fun. I have no idea what childhood trauma affected Joshua so badly he can't distinguish fun fiction and humdrum reality, but I really do protest. Next he'll be saying the whole point of Bambi was to be prejudicial against hunters or that 2001 would have been great if they had taken out the insane computer angle. Sheesh. It is called FANTASY. Hello! Enjoy the film folks. It's what it was created for.

Deb J

The movie was a masterpiece, a delightful story, womderful animation and a good deal of fun. I have no idea what childhood trauma affected Joshua so badly he can't distinguish fun fiction and humdrum reality, but I really do protest. Next he'll be saying the whole point of Bambi was to be prejudicial against hunters or that 2001 would have been great if they had taken out the insane computer angle. Sheesh. It is called FANTASY. Hello! Enjoy the film folks. It's what it was created for.

Ed

Huh. Pro-French. WTF was that about!? The person who wrote this review or the people who agree abviously don't get the main point of this film

Ed

Huh. Pro-French. WTF was that about!? The person who wrote this review or the people who agree abviously don't get the main point of this film

hello jello

great movie. worst review ever. straight to the point and true. this movie and it's director was amazing, no matter what this reviewer wanna-be says. Ick??? you've got to be kidding me!!!

hello jello

great movie. worst review ever. straight to the point and true. this movie and it's director was amazing, no matter what this reviewer wanna-be says. Ick??? you've got to be kidding me!!!

Mark

I am delighted to have finally found a negative review of this appalling film. I had such high hopes for Ratatouille and was incredibly disappointed. It wasn't so much the idea of rats preparing food, about which I have to agree with Rothkopf; it's not a good concept and it's more than a little disgusting. It was more the interminable lack of humour and wit that sank this film. Linguini is as irritating as Remy is grating. The rat clan would be an unwelcome distraction from the plot if there was an interesting one to be found. Ratatouille is an overlong, uninspired bore of a film. I thought Pixar made a bit of a misstep with Cars but they've wandered off the path completely here. Thankfully Wall-E looks like it has an excellent chance of atoning for these sins

CD

For god sake people! its an animated film about rats, these comments about what diseases rats carry!...its a cartoon film!!!!! I thought it was highly entertaining.

Babsie

I have just seen this film, on a friend's recommendation, and loved it! It really captures France and the Critic Ego was my favourite character. The comments made by Joshua re "pro-france" are unbelievable. What a git!

Babsie

I have just seen this film, on a friend's recommendation, and loved it! It really captures France and the Critic Ego was my favourite character. The comments made by Joshua re "pro-france" are unbelievable. What a git!

Andrew

I didn't like the movie all that much but your review was TERRIBLE. It was a bad movie because it was icky? Are you retarded? Are you incapable of analyzing narrative and direction? Isn't that the only use you film critics have? But you aren't a real film critic are you? I didn't think so. Go... be an accountant or something. Epic fail.

Andrew

I didn't like the movie all that much but your review was TERRIBLE. It was a bad movie because it was icky? Are you retarded? Are you incapable of analyzing narrative and direction? Isn't that the only use you film critics have? But you aren't a real film critic are you? I didn't think so. Go... be an accountant or something. Epic fail.

Mike

It seems sort-of good at first, but then compare it to its big brother The Incredibles...

S

Ratatouille was a breakthrough, and as others have pointed out, I am appalled by the lack of detail and justification in this review.

S

Ratatouille was a breakthrough, and as others have pointed out, I am appalled by the lack of detail and justification in this review.

dude

good but bad pathetic its not the best and its not better than the rest

Juliet

I saw Ratatouille in August when we were in Paris on holiday. The night before we saw the real Ratatouille running by the river Seine when we went past in a boat with my grandad and nana and Keir and Tiffany. The film is so good as it really makes you feel like you are really in Paris again. I want the DVD definitely.

Juliet

I saw Ratatouille in August when we were in Paris on holiday. The night before we saw the real Ratatouille running by the river Seine when we went past in a boat with my grandad and nana and Keir and Tiffany. The film is so good as it really makes you feel like you are really in Paris again. I want the DVD definitely.

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