“Anyone Can Cook, Only the Fearless Can Be Great”
Remy is an anthropomorphic rat with an incredible sense of smell and taste and a tremendous passion for cooking. His talent makes him stand out from his colony and leads him to unusual experiences with humans. Chef Gusteau, who is the finest chef in France and Remy’s idol, has a famous motto, “Anyone can cook”. This motto encourages Remy to pursue his dream of being a cook and of becoming a great artist of cooking.
Remy initially lives with his colony in a country house. One day, his colony is discovered. The rats flee the house to the river. Because of this flight, Remy loses his family and arrives in Paris, brought there thanks to the river. Guided by his sense of smell, he reaches the finest restaurant in Paris, Gusteau’s. At Gusteau’s, Remy meets Linguini, a garbage boy who needs Remy’s help to become a chef. However, being recognized as a chef is not easy, especially for a rat. If you wonder about how Remy becomes the finest chef in France and how he deals with difficulties encountered, watch Ratatouille! The story of Remy is full of excitement and struggle. The movie is simply inspiring.
After watching this movie, I think that Remy’s success resulted from his determination, his courage, and his luck.
First, Remy is determined about his passion. His determination overcomes the pressure that his family puts on him. Because Remy has a superior sense of smell and taste compared to his colony, he refuses to eat the garbage that is the daily fare for rats. When his father tries to persuade him to eat the garbage he finds, Remy firmly replies, “If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff”. Later, when he finds something in the garbage bin that could turn into “a delicious food”, he climbs up on the roof and makes tools to cook the piece of junk. In addition, Remy’s determination for his passion is demonstrated mainly through his inner voice. Throughout the story, when in various situations of despair, Remy hears the voice of his idol, Chef Gusteau, who always confirms Remy’s desire to cook and to become a great cook. Of course, Chef Gusteau never talks to Remy. Remy imagines those conversations. Those inner conversations reflect Remy’s determination to overcome his inner despair and discouragement. Brief, determination is a key to success.
Second, Remy has the courage to fulfill his dream even though he might put himself in danger. As Remy is a rat, humans perceive him as pesterous and he is absolutely not permitted in the kitchen. However, he has the courage to enter the kitchen unlike other rats, who fear it. Once, as he and his brother have entered a kitchen to pick up a spice, his brother says, “All this cooking and reading and TV-watching while we cook and read. It’s like you’re involving me in crime!” In his brother’s statement, it is understood that rats normally do not dare do such things because doing so is against rats’ rules and because they avoid the kitchen for survival. However, Remy does not conform to these rules. For him, cooking is greater than living safely. He dares enter the kitchen and dream the impossible. As he once says, “[Humans] don’t just survive; they discover; they create… I mean, just look at what they do with food!” Remy wants to acquire the abilities that humans have with cooking. By performing experiments, he manages to make his dream come true. The rare courage he has as a rat allows him to be recognized later by the prominent critic, Ego, as a great artist.
Third, Remy is a lucky rat. He has such unusual luck that it seems to be his destiny. When the lady in the country house discovers Remy’s colony living under her roof, she starts to fire on these rats. However, he escapes with Chef Gusteau’s book, which the lady put on the table. Even more, he is transported through the sewers to Paris, the capital of flavors, and to the restaurant Gusteau’s. Once there, he gets the chance to watch “a real gourmet kitchen”. Moreover, Remy’s greatest luck is to meet Linguini who has, by accident, observed Remy cooking and who knows about Remy’s ability. Linguini, the garbage boy, cannot cook, but he is forced to reproduce what Remy has cooked. So he teams up with Remy. This team allows Remy to develop his talent in the kitchen at Gusteau’s and to become a real chef.
In conclusion, Remy, the gifted rat, would not be able to develop his talent fully if he were not determined and courageous and if he did not have luck. As in real life, these three components of success are also necessary for humans. Everyone has a talent that separates him/her from other people. Whether that talent is small or large, people must acquire the necessary qualities and the opportunities to develop their talents in order to become great. In other words, as Chef Gusteau’s famous motto says, “Anyone Can Cook, Only the Fearless Can Be Great”.