I always come out of a Pixar animation smiling … yes, even with Cars … and with Ratatouille: Rat-a-too-ee, I was smiling much more. It was certainly a delightful film. Way to go Brad Bird and team!!!
It’s a simple story about finding yourself and what blew me away was the animation. So life-like in some moments, I could actually believe that real rats were used in the filming and yet so fantastical, that you just knew you were watching magic on screen. Especially the ‘acting’ that the animators created, where a simple twitch is just the subtle detail needed to bring the moment across. The conscious use of lighting that enabled you to feel the warmth of the sun after being in the dark and cold sewer.
At the end of the 2hours or so, I was happily skipped out the cinema … feeling all ten-years-old again … then the adult bit started to creep in on the script issues especially when my movie-buddy so rightfully pointed out that there were parts of the script which seemed rather forced. I agree and outside of the darken theatre, reality sunk in and Monsters Inc. is still my all time Pixar favourite. That was an original story with an incredibly tight script and killer animation to boot.
Nevertheless, I could watch Ratatouille: Rat-a-too-ee in the theatres again and I’ll definitely be looking out for the DVD. After all, there’s something about Paris you just got to love 🙂