Ratatouille (2007) (mini-review++)

08(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 10

directing 10

effects 10

editing 10

writing 10

SW SCORE: 50

5 out of 5 🐙

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Sometimes I can take my unqualified, amateur reviewer ethos and separate my taste from my judgment and deliver an objective evaluation of a piece of art.

This ain’t one of those times.

I love this movie with all my heart and all my soul and all my stomach and all my lymph nodes and every other single atom in my body. Because of this movie, I moved to Europe. Because of this movie, my life changed for the better and would never be the same. But my own bias aside, it is the absolutely perfect example of the undergod and underappreciated rising to shock the elite. It is such a glorious love letter to French cooking and Paris itself that I almost ended up living there. The film’s villain (Anton Ego) delivers a perfect soliloquy on the nature of negative criticism to kick off the denouement. The animation, while always carrying that Pixar overtone, gets a bit more stylish than in previous films and just oozes charm. The struggle between two generations in a marginalized community (yes, I’m talking about talking rats here – get off my back – the themes are universal) are touching and rough and fair. But most of all, and for me, all of these wonderful things are really equal but something has to break the tie. And it’s the absolute passion that Rey has for cooking. His love for his art is so lovingly portrayed and so vibrant that it made me want to be that passionate about anything. The end made me so happy that I literally cried tears of joy for the first time in my life. Yes, I know I am really piling it on here but I can’t be convinced to be measured. I’m in love and I don’t care who knows.

Feels level (0 being no tears, 10 being waterfall): 2 – Look, it’s my favorite Pixar movie but while there are some dreadful moments, such as when Remy is separated from his family), they are drowned out in the irresistible joy of passion made real. You might cry like I did. But it will be because your heart is full.

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(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

 

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