Ratatouille – The Review

Pixar strikes gold yet again with this delightful, thoughtful, touching and meaningful movie with absolutely mind-boggling abundance of creativity in every second of the film. Ratatouille may be the first Pixar movie that is so advanced, so sophisticated, it doesn’t feel like it was made for kids. This film is so much more than a cartoon.

It has deep meanings of life and happiness. It’s all about fulfilling your dreams. About going beyond preconceived notions and boundaries. And at the end, it’s simply about following your heart and living life doing what you’re passionate about.

This movie takes the most vile, hated and disease ridden species of animals in the history of the world and then makes them cuddly, cute and adorable. That is just ingenious craziness! Adding to that, it is cleverly scripted, genuinely humorous and it touches your heart and reaches your soul effortlessly and almost instantly. It combines cartoon fun with the rich beauty and romance of Paris, the value of family and friends and most importantly the wonders of food.

Food is the heart and soul of the film. It deserves a special mention. Expertly created and executed scenes with the life and happenings in an restaurant kitchen (esp. a French one!) are just breath taking with extensive attention to detail. Be it the juicy, ripe lemons being squeezed and zested, fresh scallops being pan seared with white wine, baby corn and peppers being sautéed, leeks so real looking, the world renowned French omelete exquisite looking on that white plate, fresh herbs like dill, rosemary, oregano and basil, even to the extent of using dried garlic and leeks for the soup where just out of this world. I could almost smell and taste all of this while I was seeing the movie!

The grand finale of sorts, the last culinary creation in the film, the signature dish, the “Ratatouille” was magnificent. The colors from vegetables , The yellow from squash, green from zucchini, purple from eggplant, red from onions, white from potatoes,  the sauces, the garnishes, the copper bake dish it was made in, the way this colorful delight was served against the white plate(true French style) was an out of the world experience. A disrespected, disregarded mere-peasant dish has been given a new life in the world of gourmet.

The cherry on the top was Remy using a drop of water to wash his hands expertly like a real chef does and Peter O’ Toole as the food critic Anton Ego. Simply superb.  This film is highly seasoned, layered with complex flavors and has the perfectly needed sweetness at the finish. C’est magnifique!

The movie gets a 10 out of 10


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