Ratatouille: And How It’s Aging Like Wine


Jazmin Ochoa

This pandemic has been a long one, and it’s understandable that many of us are bored and having a hard time finding entertainment. So why not put on a movie that’s sure to put a smile on your face? That movie is Ratatouille!

Ratatouille /rat-uhtoo-ee/ is a vegetable dish consisting of onions, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers, fried and stewed in oil and sometimes served cold. But the movie is about a rat. 

As childish as it may seem, Ratatouille has been my favorite movie since the day it was released, even at my current age of 17. I’ve seen many great movies in my life, but this movie has been the only one that no matter how many times I watch it, each time feels like the first. From its original storyline, to its incredible animation, it all comes together to form what, in my opinion, is Pixar’s best movie.

To sum it up, Ratatouille is a movie about a rat who can cook, a man who needs to keep his job, and how they’re able to work together. On its own, it sounds like a strange concept, but it touches topics that can be very personal, such as death and parental acceptance. Remy the rat has a special gift: a sharp sense of taste and smell. This gift is very helpful, but it also gets him into deep trouble when it causes him to accidentally separate from the rest of his family after almost getting them all poisoned. This separation lands him in Paris, where his new life is about to begin.

Remy idolized Auguste Gusteau, and ended up going to his restaurant, where Alfredo Linguini was in the process of being hired. Through very strange circumstances, they meet and figure out that, through hair pulling, Remy can control Linguini’s movements. This ends up being incredibly helpful and causing Linguini to keep his job and even get promoted. In between all this, there’s also conflicts and moments of angst which make the movie feel more suspenseful, and even sad at some points.

A thing about this movie that fascinates me is the way that anyone can enjoy it. Children can enjoy it because of the fun characters and colorful scenery and adults can relate to the idea that societal pressures can change a person. It’s definitely a movie for the whole family, and it has earned all the praise it has gotten. If you ever want to watch an old movie that won’t get you bored and will be suitable for everyone watching, Ratatouille is the movie for you (you may even get some tasty recipe ideas from it). Check out a clip of the movie below.

Or you can watch the full movie on platforms such as Amazon Prime and Disney+. In fact, YouTube actually has the whole movie, so you can watch it right now! The link is below! Enjoy!