If you have kids that love the Disney Channel show Stuck in the Middle, then they would probably love this movie. Otherwise, you do not to see it. It was only an hour long but we got bored. I mean, don’t get us wrong, we are all for “family vacation/holiday trips gone wrong” but the ridiculous has to be somewhat believable and if not, then at least make it funny and interesting. This movie didn’t have any of that in our opinion. The 1/2 more rating that keeps it from being a flat out 1 comes from the fact that we don’t hate the show the movie comes from or the characters. They are OK so that at least made the movie somewhat bearable…somewhat.
Every once in a while, you watch a movie that you can tell is purely made for the lead actor to star in. This was the case of this movie. You can tell the film was made for Jim Dale to show off his slapstick comedy. Sometimes movies catered to actors turn out just awful, but in this case, it was fine. While it didn’t leave us jumping to our feet wanting to recommend the movie for all to see, we were surprised by how much we did like it. The movie is just meant to be fun. Jim Dale stars as Eli, a man who comes to town after learning about the death of his long-lost father. He also discovers he has a twin brother, also played by Dale, who is the town troublemaker. The two must compete to see who will inherit the town. It is a fun watch if you haven’t seen it and while we don’t have to see it again we wouldn’t hate it if it were on.
Ratatouille is a movie about a food-loving rat, Remy, who defies natures law that rats must steal and eat garbage or whatever they can find. Remy wants to be a chef. When he is separated from his rat pack, his dream comes true when he ends up in Paris and teams up with Linguini, a human who can not cook. Together the two become a sensation at the one-time greatest restaurant in Paris. I get the point of the story. They really want to stress the idea that anyone can be anything they want despite who they are or where they may have come from. And we 100% agree with this. But let’s be honest, raise of hands of who would eat a meal that was cooked and prepared by a rat. I love rats. I really do. My 6th-grade class had a pet rat and I took it home over the holidays. I loved it. But if that rat made me dinner, not sure I would be so willing to eat it. Maybe. I will have to see if the opportunity ever presents itself. This movie is pretty good though and one we like to watch every once in a while. Because of this movie, I know what good bread is supposed to sound like.
Did you ever think that Blackbeard the pirate, college track and field, old ladies and gangsters would be part of the same story? Well, it’s possible because all those things are in this movie. Yes, this movie is pretty random but overall it’s pretty interesting. While some parts of the movie were slow and long, they were countered with other parts that were hilarious and had us laughing out loud. Hard. This movie is pretty unique and while I think some of the younger kids may get bored, it is one to check out if you haven’t ever seen it before. If you never get to seeing it, that is OK, but let me just say one thing you will be missing out on. Finger guns. You’re interested now, aren’t you?