Ratatouille’s secret ingredient is love

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By: Christian Sarna

Have an hour and 50 minutes to spare this week? Twelve years after its release, Disney Pixar film “Ratatouille” still tastes fresh out of the oven. Spoilers ahead.

For those who haven’t seen it, “Ratatouille” follows the adventures of Remy, a French rat who dreams of one day becoming a chef. Remy realizes his dream by teaming up with Alfredo Linguini, a young kitchen employee working in a famous restaurant that has fallen on hard times since the death of its progenitor, Gusteau.

Linguini rises to a degree of stardom in the kitchen with Remy pulling the strings and the help of another chef named Collette. Newly instated head chef Skinner discovers that Linguini is Gusteau’s son and doesn’t know it. Skinner openly dislikes Linguini and fears that he will overtake him if he finds out the truth. Skinner conspires against Linguini but is found out. Linguini takes over the restaurant and the rest is history…almost.

Linguini grows arrogant and tries to work without Remy’s help, leaving him high and dry. At the same time, an impending visit from infamous food critic Anton Ego looms over the restaurant. Ego was responsible for the restaurant losing two of its five stars because of a subpar frozen food business created by Skinner. To find out about Ego’s review, you’ll have to watch the film.

Be it the warm and tasty visuals, the ethical – and sanitary – conundrums of a rat working in an esteemed restaurant or the messages of perseverance and hope, this movie has something for everyone who watches it. Buy it on Youtube for $3. Pick up a DVD copy from Walmart. Steal it for all I care. This is a fitting ethical challenge akin to the multitude of thefts by Remy in the movie.

“Ratatouille” is a beautiful rat movie that doesn’t pull any punches. The movie constantly touches on themes of death, oppression and family conflict. “Ratatouille” doesn’t shy away from mature topics or treat its audience like the 7-year-olds we likely were. “Ratatouille” also doesn’t take any easy outs with overly happy endings that wrap everything up in a tight bow. If anything, the messages in “Ratatouille” have only grown more savory with age.