Finding Dory Review
A heartwarming story about a little blue fish that just kept on swimming
If we learnt anything from Finding Nemo it was to never give up hope and never give up on your family and this sentiment lives on in the latest offering from the Disney.Pixar studios.Way back in 2003 we all went on an ocean adventure with Marlin and Dory as they both desperately searched for little lost Nemo. Now, 13 years later we are once again invited to go on another ocean adventure in Finding Dory as she desperately searches for her long lost family. Suffering from short term memory loss Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the loveable Pacific Blue Tang fish, is looked after by her loving and protective parents, that is until she finds herself much later in life lost and alone in the vast expanse of the ocean with no memory of how she got there. Eventually crossing paths with Marlin (Albert Brooks), the Clown Fish, who has just lost his son Dory decides to help Marlin find Nemo. Cut to a year later and, with Nemo (Hayden Rolence) safe and sound, all three of them now live happily together on the Great Barrier Reef.Still suffering with the difficulties of not remembering recent events, Dory relies on Marlin and Nemo to refresh her memory, making sure she stays out of trouble. However, during a field trip with the kids from school to watch the sting ray migration Dory experiences some childhood memories which in turn sets her on a mission to find her family. Not overly keen on another potentially dangerous trip, Marlin, along with Nemo, reluctantly agrees to help Dory. Of course things don’t go to plan and with Dory holding the clues to her family’s whereabouts locked away in her memory things are bound to get a bit hairy! But with the help of some totally radical and awesome turtles the three of them are well on their way and begin their second adventure together which takes them from the Pacific to California and a stop off at a marine life centre.
Finding Dory is co-written and directed by Andrew Stanton, who also directed Finding Nemo, and the two films are very similar in narrative (the title pretty much sets this expectation up) but this doesn’t make it a boring watch whatsoever. There are moments of predictability but only what you would expect from a film like this - happy endings are a certainty. Despite this though, the film packs in all the warm, fuzziness that its predecessor managed to create, and then some. Exploring the idea of family and belonging this film works well in delivering the message that all families are not the same, that ‘family’ is what you make it. The whole film is a truly immersive watch, which I can only imagine would be doubled if viewed in 3D. The animation was, as expected, on point, really playing up the bright and vivid colours of all the tropical fish and sea creatures with an impressive amount of detail paid to both undersea and land settings.
By packing laughs, wit and tears into this star-studded film, Pixar just can’t go wrong
Reprising their roles are DeGeneres and Brooks who are both brilliantly cast as Dory and Marlin respectively. Dory is still the funny, quirky and completely loveable character that she was from the first film and the scenes of her as a baby fish are just adorable! Marlin is much the same as he was from Finding Nemo only this time around he is forced to loosen up a bit and not be so uptight. Playing Hank, the septopus (an octopus who lost a tentacle) with chameleon abilities, is Ed O’Neill who gets roped into Dory’s plan to find her family. O’Neill is great in this role with a soft heart and stoney exterior. In slightly smaller roles, but no less important, are Idris Elba and Dominic West as Fluke and Rudder the cockney sea lions, Kaitlin Olson as Destiny the near sighted shark whale, Ty Burrell as Bailey the beluga whale with defective echolocation, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy as Dory’s parents Jenny and Charlie and even Sigourney Weaver. A real star-studded cast, with each one cast perfectly to suit their characters bringing their own sense of humour to the film.
As with all Disney.Pixar films there is something in this film for everyone. There’s well-paced humour throughout mixed in with just the right amount of potentially tear jerking moments. It’s a film that will leave you feeling good inside. I find it difficult to imagine anyone not enjoying this latest offering from the Disney Pixar studios.
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