I expected this movie to be great, but never did I expect it to affect me the way it did.
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I actually got teary eyed during two scenes. And I never get emotional in movies.
The first was early on, when Remy explains how different flavors elicit different sensations and the screen goes black while dazzling curls of color and light dance to show his delight. When he combines two ingredients in his mouth, a crescendo of colors and shapes erupts.
It's synesthesia with food! What a brilliant way to show how foodies think!
The other scene that got to me in a very profound way was when the critic tasted the ratatouille. There's a zoom cut to a flashback scene where we see the critic as a child at his mother's kitchen door. Then it cuts back to the critic, as his pen drops in slow motion.
What a beautifully executed scene. One that still resonates the more I think about it (am I the only one?).
This movie is the movie for Chowhounds and foodies alike. It verifies our passion and celebrates why we do what we do. This movie gets us.
By the way, Thomas Keller and Anthony Bourdain are listed in the credits, and Thomas Keller himself lends his voice to one of the characters.
See this movie.