Life Lessons from Movies


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.”

  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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