Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Last night I got to see the new animated adventure, Ratatouille. What a wonderfully creative attempt that was.

The message was empowering, the script gripping, and the cinematography genius.
And yet, other than us, there were perhaps 7 more people scattered throughout the theater. How odd! I wondered why Ratatouille wasn't attracting a bigger crowd but when we got out of the theater, I answered my own question upon seeing a huge line of people waiting to catch the new Harry Potter movie.

I look at the line-standing crowd and I can feel the birth of a condescending smirk on my face. "These people don't know what they are missing." The second thought was: "Is it too disturbing that a cooking rat named Remy is making me hungry for gourmet food?"


ZeitgeistBoheme said...

WARNING: "RATATOUILLE" SPOILER contained here...See movie before you read this

The stroke of genius in "Ratatouille" was synesthesia represented by phantasmagoric designs expressing the impact of flavor on the rats' senses.

Few movies about artists or creatives are able to capture their aesthetic experience and translate it to an uninitiated audience. Bravo Pixar for succeeding in this formidable task.

Only downside to the film I thought it sort of reinforced a stereotype that women are less creative than men as chefs--Collette wants to cook without altering the recipe-- but to its credit the movie ultimately showed that none of the humans, male or female except the predecessor chef were as creative as Remy the rat.

B.R. said...

Yes. Exactly. Pixar does deliver again. The essence of the artist who lives for his/her art was nicely captured. I agree with you with the female chef comment. It bothered me a bit as well but at the end of the film I only thought of Remy and his love of/for the craft and I left the theater feeling inspired.