So what if Pixar made a movie for foodies? Good news! THEY DID!!!! And even better, it was made by Brad Bird, the genius behind the Iron Giant and the Incredibles. The marrieds and I went to see Ratatouille on the 4th.
Pixar movies have always worked on several levels without resorting to the wink-wink, nudge-nudge, pop-culture humor that so many CGI "family" films resort to these days. But Ratatouille works on another level, it pleases the foodie/food lover/chowhound. Along with the thrill ride antics, the subtle wit, loveable characters, Bird also gives some serious food porn and a realistic portrayal of the inner workings of a high-end restaurant. The food action is some of the best I've seen since Eat Drink Man Woman. I also loved that people who worked in Gusteau's kitchen were a diverse group of immigrants reflective of a restaurant kitchen.
As a science major, I'm as unsqueamish is the get when it comes to rats. Considering I did brain surgery on the little suckers for my senior year neuroscience club, they don't frighten me in the least. Nevertheless, the film wasn't pretty unflinching about the fact that thousands of rats in a kitchen and when they all scurried out of the kitchen as once, I got the willies.
Still, the rat in question was totally adorable and the plot and ending were surprisingly realistic given the premise of a rat who can cook.