AFTER the critical success of Finding Nemo (2003) both in the box office and reviews; Pixar Animation Studios decided to release the most awaited sequel to the underwater adventure of the clown fish family; Nemo and his father Marlin and the blue tang named Dory.
Thirteen years after they lost and found Nemo, the adventure is now focused on Finding Dory, the fish with severe issues, in particular her short-term memory loss. The sequel starts off where the first ended, back in the reef community where Dory has become an adopted member.
The film does not only entertain but it was a surreal delivery of a story about a fish trying to find her way back home to her family amid her disability and the odds that simply points out against everything she wanted to do. For me it was an emotional ride of both fun laughable moments with moments where you try to hold on to your tear duck hoping not to flush.
Ellen DeGeneres voice portrayal of Dory was something worth acknowledging; as her voice was just simply the right one for the job. Dory’s journey brings you back to her origins into how her memory loss issues began and how her parents took care of her even with her disability.
The return of Hayden Rolence playing Nemo and Albert Brooks as Marlin with other cast played well to the memories of those who loved the first movie. Yet, for those who haven’t seen Finding Nemo, the movie is a sequel that can still stand believably on its own since the story revolved mainly on a different perspective.
The movie quickly drives on the emotional ride with Dory and her flashbacks, which are mostly tearjerkers. In the first movie, Finding Nemo, it was Dory who gave the audience the comedic relief but in this follow-up story Dory was an emotionally moving character, especially with the flashback of the younger Dory and her interactions with her parents.
Young Dory’s with her disability and her battle against her mental illness brings the audience into a heart-warming and often times tear duck moments. The movie shows a huge part of how a child cope with the problem with the support of her parents pushing the message of not letting disability hold you back but to keep on going or in this case, to keep swimming.
And since Dory is not the main comedic act of the movie, they brought in new characters that balanced off the emotional aspect of the film. New characters like the octopus Hank played by Ed O’Neill and the whales Destiny played by Kaitlin Olsen and Bailey portrayed by Ty Burrell who made audience smile, laugh and cheer in an unusual delight.
Unlike the first movie, this is not the movie where you will see more of them travelling the ocean, hence, it is a movie about fish played on an ocean theme park that is meant to rehabilitate sea dwelling creatures.
An emotional, inspiring and moving movie; Finding Dory is simply not Finding Nemo. In comparison, both movies are masterpieces on its own with Finding Nemo of course scoring higher but nevertheless Finding Dory has made its own mark. Screaming out in whale talk that – we found Dory and it was an amazing delight on its own terms.
I give the movie, 4.2 out of 5.