A true gem of a movie if I may say so myself!
All things considered, I really didn’t know what to expect going to the cinema. The teasers were eye catching and the people behind it were none other than the maestros of movie making & animation, Disney/Pixar. So it had to be good, right?
To tell you the truth, I don’t know where to begin.
I’m not going to give you a low down of the storyline or repeat what the professional reviewers have said; you can read all that online or in the print media. No, no.. THIS will be a personal account.
The movie is a visual treat for everyone, regardless if you’re into animation or otherwise. The entire movie has a glow to it, as if as the director has decided to over expose the film a tad bit but i think it’s nice because it adds to the dreamy like ambiance surrounding the characters and the Parisian environment. The attention to detail is astounding; from the scratches on the pots and pans, right down to the way the rain drops are authentically replicated falling from the sky and hitting the pavement below. The repro of materials is so real its almost criminal; examine the copper and bronze knobs in the kitchen, and not forgetting the fresh produce. You will notice that Pixar has continued to push boundaries in recreating realism in its movies. The atmospheric effects all jive well with the entire setting. I’ve been to Paris a few times and I can tell you that the recreation of the cobbled streets, sidewalk cafe’s, Notre Damme and the Arc de Triomphe near Champs Elysee is very authentic.
Ratatouille’s storyline is brilliantly told with the highs and lows, surprises and expectations hitting the right frame everytime. Camera angles are almost always upclose and personal (what do you expect, the stars are mostly minute in size) but when it does pan out, say towards the Parisian skyline in the evening light, it is simply breathtaking. One will notice the strong use of depth-of-field to accentuate size, focus and detail. Masterful f-stop cinematography at work every step of the way courtesy of The Incredible’s director Brad Bird.
This movie hangs on to the late Chef Gusteau’s tagline ‘Everyone can cook’ till the very end, as that is what it is all about (rats cooking, get it?). But the magic of it all is the ability for the movie to continue to stay in your thoughts well after you leave the cinema. Either in amazement of technical proportions or in just how well the storytelling was done. I was wowed by both and that certainly puts it in the running to be in my all time top 10 best movies list.
*azlano via Fujitsu T4020*