Ratatouille (2007)

The puppet master?

The puppet master?

Considering The Pop Culture Historian’s sister blog is The American Foodie, you’d be thinking we would’ve gotten around to Ratatouille a lot sooner!

Ratatouille is Pixar’s tale of Remy (Patton Oswalt) as he achieves his dream of becoming a cook by helping out the hapless Linguini (Lou Romano), a new employee of an elite French restaurant.

It’s been a while since the last time I saw a movie that I found to be as easy to relate to as Ratatouille. On the surface, the movie is about cooking. Having watched more than my fair share of Gordon Ramsay’s various television programs, as well as doing a lot of my own cooking, I had no trouble following what little kitchen-related technical jargon there was in the movie. Other than that, the movie explored themes such as artistic credit and meeting familial expectations as opposed to following your dreams.

As usual, Pixar treats us to absolutely gorgeous computer animation, and it’s helmed by Brad Bird, whose previous credits include The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. In addition, we also have music scored by Michael Giachhino, who had video game score credits like Medal of Honor: Frontline, and went on to score Star Trek Into Darkness.

All I really need to say is that Ratatouille basically is the perfect family movie as it struck the perfect balance between humor and drama, and it also will be legitimate fun for all ages.

Score: 4/4