Movie Review: Finding Dory – This One Is As Delightful As Finding Nemo
Finding Dory takes place one year after the events of Finding Nemo, in which Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a regal blue tang with short-term memory issues, helped overprotective clownfish Marlin (Albert Brooks) find and recover his titular missing son.
In this one, it’s Dory’s turn for a transpacific quest, with Marlin and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) along for the ride as her sidekicks.
It all begins when Dory, after a blow to the head, recovers a long-lost memory of her parents (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) and her childhood home off the coast of California. With her pals, she sets off to reunite with her family, once again propelled by the sea turtle Crush (Andrew Stanton).
Along the way Dory encounters friends like the sea lions (Idris Elba and Dominic West), an octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill), a whale shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) and a beluga whale named Bailey (Ty Burrell). The trip across the Pacific goes in a flash. The action takes place almost entirely jumping between tanks at the institute and in a number of less exotic scampers on land.
In flashbacks, Dory’s memory lapses are presented as something she was born with and learns to manage. Her parents build seashell trails to help little Dory find her way home, role play how to engage peers and tearfully worries whether she’ll be ok on her own.
However, there are certain standout scenes, like the one where the viewer truly gets a sense of Dory’s desperation and a peek into what happens in her muddled head, that bring back a sense of deja vu and remind you of why Dory is the fan favourite.
Finding Dory, bright and clever like most all Pixar releases, has the animation studio’s familiar blend of wit, heart and visual detail. Finding Dory may not gain cult classic status, but it is a decent enough addition to the animation club. Do catch this one with your family, especially with your kids.
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