aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Warms the cockles of your heart, it does

We watched Ratatouille on DVD tonight. It's about a French rat who dreams of being a chef. The plot is sort of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" meets every modern cartoon cliche. But for all that, I liked it. Yeah, it was formula-driven, but it had heart. It respected the food -- and I especially like that. And it had one really great moment.

That moment comes when the food critic, Anton Ego (voiced by Peter O'Toole, no less!) tastes the food prepared by Remy the Rat. He had come prepared to crucify, but as soon as he puts the ratatouille -- a peasant dish of vegetables -- into his mouth, his eyes get a faraway look, and we see the boy Anton coming into his mother's kitchen to a dish of ratatouille made with her love.

Iron Chef America should tie Jeffrey Steingarten in a chair and make him watch this movie.

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