R.I.P Peter O’Toole

Peter O'Toole

Silakan baca artikel dari Guy Lodge di sini dan Nathaniel R di sini tentang kepergian Peter O’Toole di usianya yang ke-81. Sampai saat ini, saya belum pernah menyimak Lawrence of Arabia, alasan utamanya adalah durasinya yang sampai tiga setengah jam membutuhkan waktu yang tepat untuk menyimaknya. Saya mengingatnya sebagai Anton Ego. Karakter dalam Ratatouille yang disuarakan dengan pas oleh O’Toole. Sosok kritikus yang ditakuti para juru masak restoran namun ternyata menyembulkan kisah haru ketika memori masa kecilnya menyantap ratatouille tersebut dihadirkan. Skrip dari Ratatouille begitu indah dan cerdasnya hingga mendengar Anton Ego menutup film tersebut dengan penjelasan yang panjang begitu menyentuh. Sebelum akhirnya “Le Festin” mengalun dengan merdu.

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize that only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.”

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