Saturday, October 15, 2016

Family Movie Night: RATATOUILLE

Welcome to another installment of FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, where we give our recommendation on a family-friendly movie to enjoy. Today we review the Pixar animated film, RATATOUILLE.

 My previous Family Movie Night was a review of Kangaroo Jack, which was not a fantastic film by most accounts but is definitely an interesting watch. Ratatouille is contrary on most accounts, as I consider it one of my three favourite Pixar films, and as many people know, that is a large statement considering that Pixar's bad films are few and far between.

Ratatouille, directed by Brad Bird, is a beautifully animated film set on the premise of a rat called Remy that loves cooking and is quite good at it alongside a garbage boy, Linguini, who is definitely not a good cook. From here, Remy teaches Linguini how to cook while Linguini helps Remy find a new home after being separated from his family.

I love the way in which discrimination is shown throughout this movie. It may be obvious, with humans hating rats, but it is so pertinent due to the fantastic screenplay also written by Brad Bird, who always has a touch in using metaphors in his animated films in particular, ever since The Iron Giant. You feel for Remy more than any other character in the movie, and this engages you and makes you want him to succeed despite the likelihood of success, in other words, it's one of the strongest underdog stories in a way that gives hope in a realistic way.

The metaphors in this film really are obvious though which is a bit of a nitpick but my only negative thing to say about it at all. The title is beautifully chosen as Ratatouille is a dish for 'peasants' in France, which comes into play nicely through the plot of the movie.

As you would expect from a Pixar movie, 95% of the jokes are spot on for both children and adults in different ways, as they are as intelligently written as they are executed, making for an entertaining yet meaningful experience as a film. Furthermore, the soundtrack is executed so well, as many have come to expect from Michael Giacchino, who has been one of the best composers for film in recent years. Despite many other strong outings, I actually think this could be his strongest score alongside The Incredibles (I have to point out this makes me even happier about Rogue One).

This film is one of Pixar's most underrated and I really hope it receives more love in the future, that it most definitely deserves. I've even gone through this without mentioning the fantastic voice cast lead by Patton Oswalt. It's a great example of an original film, that doesn't need a sequel, which is pleasant to see in the current film industry.

Ratatouille is rated PG.

Chris's Score: 10/10

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