Old, Repurposed Movie Review: Ratatouille
June 21st, 2007
This is the best movie I’ve seen so far this summer.
The characters are fun. The idea is risky. The humor pops and the emotion is genuine. I can’t wait to see it again when it actually is released on June 29. It’s entirely possibly this is my favorite Brad Bird movie ever. If I could think of a way to heap any more praise on it without taking away from the joy you’re going to experience being exposed to it the first time, I’d do it.
Mark your calendar.
Other movie stuff:
Spider-Man 3 – this movie was a mess. The individual vignettes were fun, but there was nothing that felt like a coherent story here, something that both of the previous movie did well. I had a good time and the movie immediately left my brain.
Shrek 3 – ick.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – about 20 minutes into hour 2, I submitted. Fine, Mr. Verbinski, you are clever and imaginative. Yes, Mssrs. Rossio and Elliott, you can indeed write dizzying circles around us all. Now can I please go home? The movie just made me tired with all the energetic dancing around intended to distract from there being any actual story going on.
Having said that, there were some brilliant visual moments. The final moments of Lord Beckett were stunningly beautiful…and wasted on one of the least compelling villains in blockbuster history. The stinger at the end was about the first moment in all three movies where I really gave a damn about the love story and was almost powerful enough to make up for the rest of the ham-fisted love triangle.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – rent this, fast forward until you see a silver surfboard, watch those scenes. Rinse, lather, repeat. You’ll have a passable 15 minute movie.
Knocked Up – I enjoyed this movie a lot. Not as many laughs at 40 Year-Old Virgin, but a lot of fun.