Sunday, May 9, 2010

Best Films of the Decade - #34: Ratatouille (2007)

One of Pixar's most humourous and elegantly told stories (but then again, which one's aren't?), Ratatouille is a film as delectable and tasty as the fine cuisine presented therein. Of course, it's not about the food, but about writer/director Brad Bird's wonderfully original premise of a rat who dreams of being a great chef. The comedy is rich and doesn't insult anyone's intelligence, while the message about not letting others define you or your limits by where you come from subtly ties the whole movie together without becoming overbearing. The character animation and voice work are married as perfectly as can be. This is the most "well-shot" of all Pixar entries to date, making use of creative yet believable camera movements that emulate those in live-action film-making, and to cap it all off are Michael Giacchino's snazzy Parisian musical stylings. A delicious feast for both the senses and the soul.

Brilliant score alert!

His Oscar-winning score to Up is indeed wonderful, but I think this is Giacchino's best!

PS: You can expect to see more Pixar on this lil' list of mine.

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