Julian Sanchez detects the philosophy of Ayn Rand in
Ratatouille. Is Brad Bird a crypto-Objectivist? Cool!
(Arguable spoilers at the link, which means you
should just go see the movie, for goodness' sake.) But that's not all
I have a lot to say about Ratatouille, even beyond that it's the finest movie about a French rat chef ever made (which it is), and that, so far as I can tell, it's the best movie of the summer, and currently vying with Fincher's Zodiac for the best movie of the year.But he doesn't have time to say much beyond that, so he links to …
Pigeon, who states:
Make no mistake, though; this is a brilliant movie. Not a brilliant Pixar movie. Not a brilliant animated movie. A brilliant movie. So brilliant, I contend, that I would proclaim Brad Bird as one of the really unique voices in American cinema.Ha! I knew it! Ted's got a lot backing up this soon-to-be-conventional wisdom. But he also links to …
Bouzard, who (among other things) claims:
Ratatouille's greatest formal innovation might be the incredible way it articulates focus as a storytelling element into popular computer animation. Its execution here is flawless, perfectly mimicking the depths-of-focus one might expect from various lensings used in the film, and adding yet another layer of stunning false indexicality to draw a viewer into the narrative.Gosh, that almost makes me want to find out what the Sam Hill "false indexicality" might be. If you haven't seen it yet, though, pay some attention to the focus.