This is a three hour story and for over two hours it was one of the best movies I've ever seen—a truly magical tale, a cinematic miracle, that reminded me more of the work of John Irving than F. Scott Fitzgerald. Then I felt the story went flat for 40 minutes or more. I wish that a strong editor—film and story—had been around to make the last hour as good as the first 2. Still, I admired this film tremendously.
A strong, very well-acted film that lost some of its power—for me—near the end. (See Benjamin Button's review above).
Sorry to say, but Desperaux disappointed our family. The animation is good, but the story isn't well told and doesn't track terribly well. The kids probably won't mind, but you might. Rent Ratatouille again.