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This movie played like a college project. Needlessly long shots of people over-re-acting surrounded by time-filling shots of being in a sunny field. Many scenes of people whining for new-agey solutions to their self-absorbed mundane yuppy dramas. Whining, that is, unless they're raging against stereotypical straw men in the process of stereotyping. Most of the humor falls flat as a flounder dropped from the CN Tower. Would have been a better movie if it were completely a dialog between Max Cardinal and the Tarot Card Reader. Felt a bit bruised under the assault of constant button pushing. Here's hoping for better movies from this director.
Animated Celebration of the Transformative Power of Food
Saw this movie at a drive in base on a recommendation on the cartoonbrew blog. First time I'd been to a drive in in 10 years and it was a nice experience. The second movie on the bill was Evan Almighty and I didn't bother to stay for that one since the reviews here have been bad. Here are my thoughts on Ratatouille: Excellent animation, nice story without the focus-group-topical-jokes, and they got the food right. Not quite the genius of The Triplets of Belleville but still a great movie. It would be interesting to show both movies back to back as they both use animation and food in contrasting ways. It's sad that many theaters showing this animated celebration of the transformative power of food are putting artificial butter flavor on the popcorn and serving chocolate laced with vanilla.
Watched this again tonight. Truly an exceptional movie. Love and time and death seem to be the predominate themes. A muse ripped from time and confused with the temporal wish against the universal need. An honest and pure statement of inspiration, satisfaction, frustration, and restraint against wisdom. I wish it were letter boxed on DVD for the Henson segments. Any extras would be phenomenal. Has anyone seen this in theater? It must have been a rare moment. I don't know if a soundtrack exists but it would be excellent. Everything from big band to Victorian nonsense. OK, it isn't historically accurate and Alice and Charles may have some corrective input if they were able to comment. Still, it is an exceptional, sincere, and intriguing story.