Finding Dory (U)

Everyone’s favourite forgetful fish embarks on an exciting new adventure to find her family.

We’re reunited with our treasured underwater characters Marlin, Nemo and Dory as they return for Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to the 2003 masterpiece, Finding Nemo.

The story is set one year on from their escapades tracking down Nemo. Clownfish Marlin (Albert Brooks) is happily settled back into family life after rescuing his son. But when his forgetful friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) starts to recall memories of her long-last family it’s clear that another adventure is about to begin.

Dory is determined to travel across the breadth of the ocean to find her parents. The problem is that she keeps forgetting where she’s going and more importantly, why. Luckily she has the chalk and cheese combo of Marlin and Nemo (Alexander Gould) to keep her on track. Well that is until she’s captured and placed in a Marine Life Institute.

Dory tries to hatch a plan for escape while Marlin and Nemo attempt to break into the institute to save their beloved friend.

Along the way they meet a whole array of interacting characters, some more helpful than others. Dory may be forgetful but she’s stubborn and that just might help her find her loved ones once again.

Pixar’s Finding Nemo won numerous awards and accolades and is widely known as one of their best movies to date. This gave the team behind Finding Dory a steep hill to climb. So how did they get on? To be honest they were so close. But the thing about following a humongous success is that you have to create something equally as brilliant or better to compete.

The new movie introduces new characters like the surly octopus Hank (Ed O’Neill), bubbly whale shark Destiny (Kaitlyn Olson) and a pair of territorial sea lions voiced by The Wire stars Idris Elba and Dominic West.

While Finding Dory is visually stunning and has a sweet storyline, it’s just missing a certain something. It’s hard to put your finger on it. Maybe it’s the advances in animation since 2003, or the calibre of movies we’re used to now. Perhaps we’re just expecting too much these days. Saying that I’d watch the original time and time again. Dory and her new pals maybe a delight but I enjoyed the first aquatic adventure so much more.

By Ruth Walker
★★★★☆

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