WHAT I LIKED: Most Pixar films are driven by some point about the real world beyond their brilliant story, but 'Ratatouille,' - apart from the simple idea that "anyone can cook," - really is just about Remy the rat making his way from trash to Michelin star chef in a Parisian restaurant. That is of course an utter joy to watch, as Pixar plays up all the humour you'd expect from the concept, and builds the characters - both human and animal - into engaging and layered individuals who you'll care about by the end. Couple that with the incredible standard of animation that we've come to expect from the studio at this point, and you've got another brilliant, adventure for the whole family to enjoy.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: That thematic aspect that makes the best Pixar films so universal is somewhat missing here.
VERDICT: A simple piece of great, inovative, fun-loving family entertainment, 'Ratatouille,' is another Pixar hit, even if it lacks the thematic resonance of the studio's best.