Review: Ratatouille

Posted October 10, 2016 by Lola in Review / 28 Comments



Rating: 5 stars

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.
– summary copied from IMDB

My Review:
Last month my boyfriend and I watched the movie Ratatouille. The movie is about food and rats, which made it sound like a movie I would enjoy. And I did, but I didn’t expect I would enjoy it this much. Ratatouille tells the story os a rat named Remy who is different from the other rats, he doesn’t want to steal and eat garbage, he wants to cook. He has been seeing shows on the tv of a famous chef and he dreams of becoming a cook himself. The cook in this movie has written a book Anyone can Cook and it would work well as a slogan for this movie as that’s exactly where the movie is about as well.

I had a lot of fun watching the movie. There wasn’t a dull moment and it kept my attention the whole time. There are some action or chase like scenes that got me scared for the little rat. Remy was a great main character, with how he wanted to be different, but he also realizes he is still part of his family too. There isn’t a lot of drama or overly emotional scenes like in some movies, but it still managed to convey emotions and it felt real. As real as a movie about cooking rats can be, but strangely enough the whole movie had a realistic vibe and it’s obvious the directors did their research about rats, cooking and Paris.

While watching the movie it really caught my attention how realistic the rats moved. We had four pet rats in the past and we know how they move and the movie captured that feel of real rats perfectly. The way their bodies were shaped and the moved was very realistic and it really added something to the movie. The animation was brilliantly done, it’s a joy to watch and the movie looks really good as well. I also loved how the movie paints rats in a positive light. Having had pet rats myself I love rats and I wish I could convince the whole world what awesome creatures they are. So it was amazing to see a movie that put the rats into a positive light and having them feel very realistic as well.

The setting in Paris really came alive as well. There are some beautiful shots of the city and it really felt like we were there with Remy and the others visiting Paris. I’ve visited Paris once and too be honest it’s not my favorite city to read or watch about. My impression of the city was busy and touristy. But this movie does show the beautiful side of Paris while still making it feel realistic and recognizable for someone who has visited. Then there is the cooking aspect. I thought it was interesting to get a view into a restaurants kitchen in this movie and that part felt realistic too. A Bit chaotic, lots of hard work and food. Being a foodie and animal lover I really enjoyed those aspects of this movie. The movie perfectly captured both those themes and turned this into a movie I will be sure to rewatch later.

There are twist and turns and ups and downs. It definitely was unpredictable in some places and I liked how the flow of the movie had multiple ups and downs and problems for the characters to solve. It was a movie with a great storyline without getting overly sappy or dramatic or dragging things out. It really was great. Besides Remy there are some fun side characters as well. There are the other rats, like Remy his brother and father. And the clumsy human main character Linguini, who starts working as a garbage boy and befriends Remy. There are also other characters who work in the restaurants kitchen, a restaurant critic, the owner owner of the restaurant and more. It’s a fun cast and they bring the movie alive. I also appreciated how the characters didn’t feel too clichΓ©d, which sometimes happens in movies. They alt felt pretty real and it was fun to follow their story.

To summarize: Ratatouille is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. It combines rats and cooking, two things I love. The story was great with multiple ups and down and problems the characters had to overcome, there are some great twists and turns as well and the action scenes kept me on the edge of the seta concerned for the little rat. The movie also looked really well graphically. It’s a joy to watch the movie with the pretty shots of Paris, the realistic way the rats move and getting a glimpse into a restaurants kitchen. If you haven’t seen this movie yet I would definitely recommend it!


Have you seen Ratatouille? What’s your favorite animated movie featuring animals?


28 responses to “Review: Ratatouille

  1. So glad you loved it, too. I agree- the rats, the food, the fun characters, and Paris setting were a great blend of elements. I’ve always thought Disney did great with animal characters ever since I loved The Rescuers which is my favorite still. I was impressed with The Lion King, but I haven’t seen a lot of the newer animated films so there might be others that are much better.
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    • It really was an amazing movie with great elements and well blended together to make an awesome movie. I agree Disney always does a good job with the animal characters. I don’t think I’ve seen the Rescuers, but I have seen the Lion King. I watched a lot of Disney movies when we were younger, but haven’t seen many of the newer ones. We hope to check out some of the newer ones eventually.

  2. I love how much you love this movie! It’s like I can feel how much you enjoyed it πŸ˜€ But when I think about it, it does make sense that this would be the perfect movie for you since you do like both things the movie is about!

    Honestly I haven’t seen the movie in a while, but I know I did enjoy it. It’s definitely cute and fun. And you’re right, it’s nice that rats are portrayed in a positive way. I think I mentioned I used to have a guinea pig, so I love rodents and know that they can be just as adorable and lovable and filled with personality as larger animals like cats and dogs. And that’s so cool how they made them super realistic! I wouldn’t know exactly how they move and all that, so that’s interesting to know.

    Ooh, I have to second Sophia, I love The Rescuers! It’s one of my favorite Disney movies, even though it’s one of the lesser known ones it seems.
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    • I am so glad to hear that! I am happy I managed to convey my love for this movie. And yes it really was the perfect movie with the rats and cooking which are both things I like.

      I am sad rats so often have a bad reputation as they really are great animals. And yes rodents can definitely has as much personality as larger animals. We had four rats and they each had such a different personality, even though 3 of those came form the same family. They all had their own behavior and preferences. I still miss them so much :(.

      Yes I figured the realistic movements of the rats would be something only rat owners probably picked up on, but it was such a great touch that added to the movie for me. I read somewhere that they actually studied real rats to get the movements right for the movie.

      And here I was thinking I never had heard of The Rescuers, but as you mentioned it as well I googled it and I just didn’t recognize the english title, lol. And it even is a literal translation in dutch. I can’t remember much of the movie, but I am pretty sure I watched it and we even had a book of some sorts about it as the pictures all look very familiar. I’ll keep it in mind as I would like to re-watch it now, I think I really enjoyed the movie as a kid.

  3. I’m a fan of this one, too. But the Disney film that has my heart is The Little Mermaid – apart from anything else, it was a family favourite back when my children were small and we learnt the songs and would slink around the room belting out the words, particularly when Ursula was singing ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’. Sebastian the crab is my favourite animated animal:)
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    • The Little Mermaid was always one of my favorite movies when growing up. It sure is a great movie. I haven’t watched it for a long time, so not sure if I would still enjoy it. But I definitely have a lot of fond memories of it.

  4. I’ve not seen this one but now I want to! Very well thought out review! I think my favorite animated movie with animals is a really old one-Lady and the Tramp- if only for the famous spaghetti scene. The Lion King is pretty great as well πŸ™‚

    • I hope you get the chance to watch ratatouille, it was such a fun movie!

      I remember watching Lady and the Tramp when I was a kid, I haven’t seen it in a long time now, but still remember the spaghetti scene. And the Lion King is a great movie as well!

    • I think this is one of the first Pixar movies I’ve seen and so far I am a fan. This one was definitely cute. I don’t think I’ve seen that trailer, but it sounds fun!

    • I can’t remember if I watched Charlotte’s Web, will have to look it up.

      It was so fun to see the rats in this movie and it was awesome how realistically they moved. There aren’t many books or movies with rats in them, so it’s great to find one.

    • I hope you get the chance to watch it again soon! It really was such a cute movie and I think it’s a shame it didn’t get more attention. And I agree it was cute how he controlled him by his hair, I thought it was quite smart.

    • It was such a cute movie! And I can see myself re-watching this one a year or so from now as it’s definitely a movie I want to re-watch at some point.

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