The 100 Best Movies of the 2000's: 30-21
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22. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
Lots. Of. Pixar. In many ways, Ratatouille strikes me as one of the most grown up Disney/Pixar films, with a focus on large themes like purpose, talent, and family. And yet, it’s still a movie about a rat that expresses his desire to cook by controlling a human by pulling on his hair. It’s awesome.
Ratatouille builds to a climax so emotionally satisfying that I don’t dare spoil it here. While many people were sketched out by the idea of a movie about a rat in a kitchen, I find it full of joy, beauty, and hope. Also, Peter O’Toole kicks serious ass as the voice of Anton Ego, a terrifying food critic.
21. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)
Much like he did with Shan of the Dead, in Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright crafts a loving ode to the genre he is lampooning, in this case the buddy-cop film. Hot Fuzz has the tightest comedic script I’ve ever seen, with not a single line or moment wasted, and almost every single thing that is planted paying off in a supremely satisfying way. It also climaxes in one of the most ridiculous extended shoot-outs you’ve ever seen, made all the better by the idyllic English country setting.
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