Ratatouille ★★★★★

It's my younger brother's birthday, and of course he decided he wanted to watch his favorite movie of all time. No complaints from me; it's one of my favorites too. There are few film experiences that make me has happy and inspired as Ratatouille. Interestingly, I just rewatched another one - Kiki's Delivery Service - the other day. I think Ratatouille does a little for me, but I couldn't imagine a world without either of them.

Where do I even start? Since I know I'll be reviewing this countless times in the future, I can't wait to share my many many theories and ideas about the themes here. But really, what makes Ratatouille so special is how it handles its subject with both respect and fun.

This isn't the type of kids animated movie to talk down to its audience. Its got the best script of the year in my opinion, and that's a year with masterpieces like There Will be Blood and No Country for Old Men. It's animation is STUNNINGLY beautiful, and it probably is my favorite Pixar film color/animation wise. As a matter fact, depending on how much I like Wall-E on rewatch, it might be my favorite Pixar film period.

I also just love how much this movie connects with me. Remy is an aspiring artist, someone who has a huge passion for art but obviously has this limitation of... well... being a rat. I just absolutely love how much Remy loves cooking, and how much passion he has for it. You actually believe that he's a rat that is actually just obsessed with creating.

And those beautiful overlooking shots of Paris - seeing the cityscape, dreaming and eating good... it's just like looking out of your window at all the magnificent lights, realizing how much life there is out there. It's a melancholy beautiful. One where you see how much other people are living and want to go out and live yourself.

We have Michael Giacchino's best score too, a luscious, beautiful symphony, with Le Festin thrown in the mix as well. The colors are as exquisite as a Wes Anderson movie, and the dialogue as sharp as Quentin Tarantino's. I can gush on forever about how this is one of the best movies ever made, but I'll just say it: this is one of the best movies ever made.

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