Vice Is Often Right

Posted: April 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

The fourth biggest opening of any film in French cinema history, and five Oscar nominations made this unlikely Rat biopic one of the greats.

  1. Emily Seang says:

    Ratatouille has always been a movie I enjoy watching, and it actually inspired me to cook more when I was younger. It is crazy to think an animated, kid movie will go down in French cinema history! I found it interesting that the article talked about how well the plot and characters were written. According to Aristotle, a good protagonist should have a human flaw, but, in this case, the protagonist’s only “flaw” is not being human, which makes for a funny journey through the culinary world in the eyes of an animated rat.

    • Aristotle was one of the world’s greatest geniuses. But that hardly means he was always right. As for as the film in concerned, there’s no necessary reason for the protagonist to have a human flaws, simply because this film – unless I’m missing something – is not a tragedy. It may be dramatic. But tragedies, according to Aristotle, have a very specific structure, one which is unique to them as a literary genre.

      • EMILY SEANG says:

        Oops! I must have mixed up some things. Yes, it is not a tragedy haha! Thanks for clearing that up for me, Brian!

  2. Grace Lebrecht says:

    Gotta admit, it’s a dang good movie!

  3. Jiahui (Karen) Chen says:

    I wonder if this article is enough to make Kubarycz watch Ratatouille as his first Pixar movie.

    • I didn’t own a television for fifteen yeas, and now I have, neither of which I watch. So, it’s anybody’s guess. To cite Steinberg, I’d like to think I’m not one of those persons who are ‘beyond all experience’.

  4. Andrew Mangold says:

    An interesting part of the article was how the movie greatly benefited from the beginning of a societal obsession with cooking. All the cooking shows and even the rise of entire stations like the “Food Network” make Ratatouille even still relevant 10 years later. But also, being an exceptional animation allows the movie to still be on par with current super realistic animated films.

    • I’m struggling to find a way to overcome my resistance to this sort of film. I published the post to show students I’m at least reading media outlets which take it very seriously. As I said earlier, I may have to eat my words and watch one of these films. It is interesting to me that both this and the upcoming film on the little dumpling are centered around food. That may explain some of my resistance, or what Steinberg might call my “plight” – though I have a hard to using that word, as Pixar seems a hyper-additive, rather than a subtractive kind of innovation. In any case, I was listening to the radio in the car the other morning as I was driving to a restaurant. The programming was a cooking show in which the host was cooing and crowing over cauliflower greens with tender adoration, as if he was powder the diaper of a baby. It was simply more than I could take, and I switched the radio. In fact, I almost turned around and drove home without getting my breakfast. I found such sentimental and fulsome description of vegetables to be revolting. Yes, it was culinary. And Brecht is clear that his operas and plays are culinary. But so is McDonald’s and Taco Bell. Yet what a difference between in your face fast-flood flavor, or the pretentiousness of nouvelle cuisine, and the kind of simple homestyle food and you can find in other parts of the world, or simply at the taco carts on State Street. These latter option open my palette and the mind, but without being either puerile or meretricious. It’s feels to me that all these digitally animated films are little more than a theme park for the eyes. And the last place anyone would ever catch me is at Disneyland. Still, I might have to see Ratatouille, simply so can speak from experience. If I do see it, you guys will be their first to know.

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