This past weekend, my family and I went to the theater and saw Ratatouille. My kids are ages 10, 7, and 4. So these are the types of movies we watch together. But, even if I didn’t have kids, I would go see any movie made by Pixar. They do such an incredible job with their story telling and their animation. I’ve never been disappointed with any of their movies.
Well…Ratatouille is okay. The animation is awesome. The animators at Pixar continue to improve the way they display things, like water. There is a scene where dozens of rats are floating down a river. It looks so lifelike. The way their human characters move is very fluid and realistic. There’s another amazing scene where the cooks are preparing the food in the kitchen. You forget you’re watching animation. A decade ago, when people moved on the screen, they looked like robots.
The problem was with the story development. In the past, Pixar has done such a good job, not only with the animation, but in telling a great story. The desire to do whatever it takes to be reconciled with the one that you love, like in Finding Nemo or searching for your significance in this world, like The Incredibles; those are great stories. The message of Ratatouille was anybody can cook, even a rat. That really didn’t resonate with me. If there was a deeper message about following your dreams or something like that, the writers could have done more to bring that point home.
Ratatouille isn’t a bad movie, it’s just that Pixar has set the bar so high with their previous movies. I was expecting something better. I hope that they will be able to address this problem in their next movie, Wall-E.