Life Lessons from Movies

Ratatouille

In Fantasy, Movies on February 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Ratatouille (2007) is a humorous animated fantasy written and directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava about an unlikely cook, Remy, a street rat voiced by Patton Oswalt, who trains to become a master chef in Gusteau’s gourmet Parisian restaurant.

Life Lesson:

If you want to be great at something, you need commitment: dedication, devotion.

Movie Scene:

Chef Auguste Gusteau: “You must be imaginative, strong hearted. You must try things that may not work. And you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from.”

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  1. Throughout the movie Remy demonstrates his commitment to cooking. Against all odds, he pursues his dream. This includes going against his family’s expectations and surviving a world hostile to his kind. But he knows he is a cook, and he seeks opportunities to become better by experimenting and learning from others. He is clearly devoted to cooking and his dedication is rewarded in the end.

  2. I just saw “Ratatouille” tonight.

    It’s a first class movie. Several thoughts come to mind…

    -The character performances are so good, I think there’s no sort of movie they couldn’t make. I’ve heard Pixar’s John Carter of Mars is going to be live action? No! I want them to do it all animated.

    -“Cars” definitely _was_ a lower-value softball they threw to finish out that original Disney-gets-half-of-everything-plus-sequel-rights contract they were in at the time. I remember all the clucking last summer about how Pixar had lost its way.

    -There were a few moments when they seemed to lose that stylized reality they had established and things looked merely “real”.

    -There was one scene in the latter part of the film where I thought “I can’t believe they are doing this tired movie cliché” but they pulled out of it at the last second and made it something new.

    -The 2D-ish end credits were great. Stick it out to the very end to see the mo-cap disclaimer!

    -With this, Brad Bird is certainly one of the animation gods now.

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