Finding Dory (2016)
One year after the events of Finding Nemo, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) begins to question where she is from. Because of her short term memory loss, she can’t provide much information, but Nemo (Hayden Rolence) is ready to help Dory like she helped him. Along with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and several other new friends, a new adventure begins that sees Dory travel to California in search of her parents.
When I first heard about Finding Dory, I thought to myself that this movie is going to be a cash grab after the success of the first movie. It has been over 13 years since Finding Nemo came out, and I simply have to say “why now?” Did this movie need to be made? Nope, however, these characters are fun and lovable and going back into this world was welcoming.
Basically, if you liked Finding Nemo, then this is more of the same. If you weren’t a fan of the original movie, then this won’t change your mind. Finding Dory incorporates some things from Finding Nemo that felt nostalgic like learning how Dory can talk to whales, but for the most part, this movie is about the characters. Just as in the first movie, Marlin and Dory are front and center with Nemo being a support. The movie really begins to shine when Hank (Ed O’Neill) shows up. He is a curmudgeon Septopod (only has 7 legs) who slowly becomes Dory’s only hope in finding her parents. Other characters like the Whale Shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olsen) and the Beluga Whale named Bailey (Ty Burrell) are nice supporting characters similar to the fish from the office tank in the first movie.
At the end of the day, Finding Dory is a fine addition to the Pixar collection which is something I haven’t said lately. It isn’t going to offer anything truly “new” but this world is going to be movie gold anyways. My only complaint for the movie, and more about Pixar in general, is how wacky and strange their stories have been getting since Up was released. These adventures are becoming more and more unbelievable and I wish there was some sense of continuity to the situations presented to us. It is a minor quibble for this movie, but at times, I kept thinking to myself “this is what they chose to write in the script?” Obviously, take your kids because they are going to love this, but adults will enjoy the underwater adventure as well. Thumbs up! Co-starring the voices of Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Sigourney Weaver, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton and Bill Hader.
I wanted to mention the short film at the beginning of the movie (like all the other Pixar movies have), and this one is one of my favorites! I haven’t liked any of the shorts since “Luna,” but this one was simple with plenty of heart. It is probably because it has animals, but the animation style was beautiful and elegant! I highly enjoyed Piper!
7/10 Stars – I always though Finding Nemo was good, and this is more of the same. First Pixar movie I’ve liked in a long time!