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Top 25 Films of the 2000s – #16

December 16, 2009

#16 – Ratatouille (2007)

If Monsters, Inc. represented Pixar’s transition from the more kiddie-oriented fare of the Toy Story era, Ratatouille marked the transition to full-blown storytelling mastery. Ever since it bowed in 2007, Pixar has been on a roll, following up with Wall-E in 2008, and Up in 2009. Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine this is the same group that brought us A Bug’s Life.

Beyond its masterful story, Ratatouille boasts some staggering animation. Paris comes absolutely alive, albeit in a dreamlike, almost idealized way. Gusteau’s kitchen is beyond intricate in its detail, from the dents in various pots and pans to the not-quite-straight tilework on the floors. And then there’s the food…

Peter O’Toole’s voice work as food critic Anton Ego also deserves mention. The man’s deep, sonorous voice could make the phone book sound riveting, and when he reads Ego’s review just after the big finale, it still gets me, even though I’ve seen this movie probably a hundred times now.

#17 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

#18 – Transformers

#19 – Iron Man

#20 – Monsters, Inc.

#21 – Inglourious Basterds

#22 – Hot Fuzz

#23 – Watchmen

#24 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

#25 – District 9

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