Finding Dory: Film Review

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I love 2003’s Finding Nemo a lot that I was so nervous for Finding Dory because the standard would have to be so high for me to like it. Luckily, Dory is actually awesome (what a relief!) and while it is not quite as good as Nemo, it’s a solid effort and perfect kids entertainment.

Ellen DeGeneres returns to voice the friendly but forgetful blue tang Dory in this sequel, which begins ahead of the events of Finding Nemo, showing Dory losing her parents and being unable to locate them due to her short term memory loss. One year after the events of Nemo, she has a childhood flashback and tries to track down her parents in California, in the Marine Life Institute, with the help of Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (now voiced by Hayden Rolence) – but are they still there after all this time?

I feared this would be too similar to Finding Nemo plot-wise and while it is all centred around a hunt for family, and does lack some originality, the surroundings and characters are different enough to set this apart so it doesn’t feel like a copy. For example, the ocean-based swimming that took up the majority of Nemo only makes up a small part of it – most of the action takes place in and around the Marine Life Institute, which poses many obstacles. The new characters are great, such as Ed O’Neill‘s octopus Hank, Kaitlin Olson as a near-sighted shark Destiny and Ty Burrell as a beluga whale. However, my favourites have to be Idris Elba and Dominic West as the Cockney-talking sea lions, Becky the bird and Sigourney Weaver as the intercom voice of the Institute.

It’s missing a certain something so it’s not quite up to par as Nemo but it’s so funny and entertaining. It is also so emotional – I could have cried in the first five minutes and seeing Dory struggle against her memory loss to find her parents was really sad. It does have quite an overly sentimental pay-off at the end but kids will eat it up.

I shouldn’t have worried – it’s nowhere near the disappointment I was bracing myself for. Finding Dory is visually impressive, so heart-warming and uplifting, and a perfect treat for children.

In cinemas now 

Comments

  1. I saw it with my best is and we almost cried in the first five minutes of the movie

  2. Hannah Wales says:

    I almost did too! The story of how she lost her parents is so sad.

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