Ratatouille – *****

Holy crap. I expected nothing, and got a great movie that had very few flaws.

The animation – spectacular. The water sequence was as incredible an animated water sequence as I’ve ever seen.

The voice acting – perfection. Casting Patton Oswalt as the intellectual rat Remy was simply genius, and he delivered.

The score – Michael Giacchino does it again – his score for “The Incredibles” was PERFECTION, and this matched it.

The story – the one area where Pixar generally makes every other digital animation company look like hacks…and they don’t disappoint. This movie was full of heart and thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.

In fact, the only flaw I see is that it’s not much of a kid movie, and its title is hard to pronounce and doesn’t really tell you much about the movie (though it makes sense when you watch the movie). The fact that it’s been marketed as a kid movie will make it a harder sell to some critics who can’t accept good stories if they’re directed to a family audience.

“Ratatouille” was better than almost every movie I’ve seen this year in just about every way.

I absolutely loved it. Brad Bird does it again – “The Incredibles” was a great movie, and this one matches it, in my opinion.

Even with my 3-year-old son making it a lot less fun to watch, the movie was great.

Special kudos to the team who did the short that ran before the movie, called “Lifted” – it was hilarious.

Thanks for making my evening, Pixar. You’ve done it again.

Vive le “Ratatouille”!

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