Whenever I watch Ratatouille, I feel inspired. But more often then not, I find myself, delving in the artistry that is Paris.
I mean, even the first time I watched it which wasn't very long ago actually it was in 2012, even though it came out much earlier I didn't have the privilege to watch it earlier and only watched it on DVD, but, the beauty and awe was still there.
I mean, I just loved seeing the City Of Lights and when Remy sees it in awe, you are too, because, you aren't sure that it's Paris, although, you could argue, that Gusteau's name is kind of a giveaway, but I digress. But the beauty is also in its poignancy and what it chooses to do with the story. I mean I love the scenes where it's the point of view of Remy, especially when he's running in that vent/roof space, and then he's sneaking around traps and the music accompanies him, and then he suddenly sees a robbery where a woman is holding a gun and the guy says "you don't have the guts" and then Remy tries to move on but there's a shot and then he goes back to see what happened and then you see the two kiss and he rolls his eyes and moves on. I just love that. And you also just feel the magnitude of the world Remy lives in.
Sure it's the classic story of chase your dreams and do what you love, but it's so much more to that. I mean first of all, it encapsulates what it means to chase your dreams and how it affects your relationship with your parents and your family because essentially, for Remy at least, it's something of a danger with humans around because humans have had problems with rats in the past, because they carry diseases and other such things. And I just love that Remy understands Linguini and the other humans but can't talk, yeah he talks in English, but only to the other rats, and that's understandable, I mean c'mon it's an 3D animation movie and most definitely they need the rats to talk, but what the humans are most likely hearing is squeaks from the rat, and they show that and I think it's so funny and so clever. And because most of the scenes are from Remy's point of view you start to feel the running scenes more especially the kitchen scene where he's just fallen into the kitchen and he has to find a way out, and he's running trying to stay out of trouble, and then he comes across Linguini's soup, and when he first smells it; it's horrible, so he decides to fix it a little but then, he's tempted to do more and so he completely fixes it, but then realizes that he probably should go and turns his head to see Linguini staring at him and that was hilarious.
But I think this story is susceptible to some of the cartoon troupes like the villain. But the villain makes sense in this world, and not exactly a villain, but a food critic, who loves his job so much that it becomes a bore and it's just something he does on occasion to "challenge" somebody. And I think that's just human nature, ready to judge things, ready to offer opinion, ready to offer criticism whether it be constructive or destructive, which as I've said in a past post can be both a gift or a curse depending on the individual. But it's also the look of the critic and his name fits his persona perfectly; Anton Ego, which is both fear inducing and just plain grim. But I think when all's said and done, Ego's perspective is slightly altered, and not just because his preconceptions are challenged but because, this is something you don't see everyday. And I do agree with what he said, and not only was it thought provoking, but also it clarified everything that we want to understand about Ego. And while it's true we got a glimpse of it through his eyes when he ate the ratatouille, but it's because of that scene does it all come into place. And I'll always love Ratatouille for that.
So, overall the story is wonderful, the colors, the scenery, the music, the characters, all make way into the plot, but yeah I would have liked to know more about the other cooks as well, but for what it is, and it is mainly a romance/chase your dreams story, I think it's important that we also acknowledge that without Remy, Linguini would not have gained the confidence to kiss Colette, but also, that it's a little more than that, and they portray all of it, with visual stylings and with the point of view of the rat.