Ratatouille [rat-uh-too-ee, -twee]


“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

(George Bernard Shaw)

For those who love to savour their food, for those who lose themselves in the aroma of good gastronomy, for those who believe that food is not meant to be eaten as a part of a daily routine, and those who truly agree that food indeed is glorious, this movie is for you.

For those who eat mechanically and could not care less what they are eating, I recommend you watch this movie whenever you have the time. Keep it number one on your priority list, and trust me, you will not regret it!

Ratatouille is truly a treat! Another visual animation delight, from the reliable Pixar studios, it manages to strike a connection with everyone from small kids, who enjoy the visuals more than the exceptionally witty dialogues to the adults who seem to forget that they are falling in love with a fictional rat, who seems to have more and more human attributes!

Rèmy (voiced by Patton Oswald) is the rat in question. He has a problem, a problem which not only is a bizarre one, but also raises a serious identity crisis in his life. His amazing nasal prowess leads him to smells of strangely exotic food, and his inherent cooking ability helps him conjure sumptuous flavors even with tid-bits of rubbish found in garbage cans. His idol is the greatest chef of all times, Gusteau, whose restaurant is included in the ‘crème de la crème’ of eateries in Paris and the world. And Rèmy dreams… he dreams of leaving his colony, his family and friends to pursue his unwavering dream of making it as a gourmet chef! He is laughed at by other rats and his father assigns ‘his nose’ the job of detecting poison in the food they scavenge, but Fate obviously has different plans. When Gusteau dies of shock after the nitpicking food critic, Anton Ego writes him off, a fortunate accident leads Remy right to the sewers of Paris. He finds himself in the company of Gusteau’s spirit, (‘a figment of his own imagination’ ) who directs him into the kitchen of his own restaurant. With the help of Linguini (Lou Romano) , the garbage boy, a klutz who can’t cook to save his life, Remy starts his career as a chef and an odd comradeship with a human being. Their little secret starts drawing attention when Skinner (the rather malicious chef who now runs Gusteau’s) smells a rat! The climax is a laugh-riot when a whole colony of rats helps Remy prepare a gourmet meal, that too when the most feared food critic of all times, Anton Ego is waiting to be served.

At the end of it, one truly believes Gusteau’s famous words, “Everyone can cook”! Technically too, the movie is extremely well made. The graphics are very detailed and realistic and the background score is also makes one hum along. A movie for the young and old , packaged with juvenileness and the right amount of maturity.

My suggestion?? WATCH IT!! (NOW!!!)