The film, sequel to the 2003 Pixar hit Finding Nemo, is written and directed by Andrew Stanton.
It had been nearly 13 years since we saw the exploits of the clownfish, Marlin, and his forgetful friend, Dory, to save Marlin's son Nemo from the clutches of humans. Is 13 years too long a time to have a sequel, no matter how enjoyable the first film still is.
Well, let our review answer that for you..
What's it about
Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the amnesiac Pacific regal blue tang, has been living with Marlin and Nemo for an year since the events of the first film. A particular concussion makes Dory remember her parents and her home somewhere near California. Aided by a reluctant Marlin and Nemo, she sets off to find them. However, this time it is she who gets caught by the humans, who put her in a quarantine in Monterey Marine Life Institute, later to be shipped to Cleveland. There, she is helped by a sly seven-tentacled octopus, Hank (Ed O'Neill) with the promise that she will give him her tag, which is his ticket to Cleveland. She also gets to meet her old pal, Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale-shark, and her neighbor, Bailey (Ty Burrell), a Beluga whale who has problems with his echolocation. Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo do everything in their hand to rescue Dory, while discovering what she actually meant for them. Will Dory meet her parents or not, or is she too late for the reunion, is the what the rest of the story is about...
I have been a huge fan of the original film, and while Finding Dory may not reach its greatness, it is still a worthy followup. Though the film follows the same pattern as the previous film - searching loved ones where humans dwell - situations have changed and challenges are different. The humour is apt, and you will find yourself chuckling at many moments. At the same time, the film also pulls at your emotional chords, especially those scenes where Dory remembers her parents. For a change, the humans are not villains this time, instead they are trying to treat the sick fishes. The 'presence' of Sigourney Weaver also gave an innovative touch to the film.
And of course, if the film works, it's because of the wonderful characters and the talented voice artists behind them. Ellen DeGeneres makes us fall in love with the happy-go-lucky Dory once again. Despite that some of her schtick being repetitive, she still manages to charm us like the first time around. Albert Brooks, who voiced Marlin, Hayden Rolence who replaced Alexander Gould as the voice for Nemo, provide some fine moments. Also loved the tag team partnership of Ty Burrell's Bailey (who get to relive some of his Modern Family fun here) and Kaitlin Olson's Destiny. However, the surprise packet of the show is definitely master of disguise, Hank. Voiced by the brilliantly cast Ed O'Neill, he gets away with the best scenes and laughs of the film.
While we agree that this film is about a fish who can read English and an octopus that can stay on land as much he wants, the end portions do make you stretch your imagination to the point of disbelief. A little restraint should have been shown in writing this scene, though it did provide a very beautiful image of Hank reaching out to save Dory, mid-air! Also for people who are expecting a radically different Disney film, might be disappointed!
What to do
Finding Dory may not be the Godfather 2 or The Empire Strikes Back of the animation genre. Yet, it is a film that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults! Go for it...
4.0 out of 5
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