Film: Finding Dory
Film studio: Disney Pixar
Year of release: 2016
Length: 103 minutes
When I first heard rumours of a Dory-centric version of 2003’s Finding Nemo in the works, needless to say I was very excited. I grew up watching animated Disney and Pixar films, and Finding Nemo was one of the main ones. My generation has waited over a decade to see the loveable undersea characters return to the big screen – especially dear, short-term memory loss sufferer, Dory. Everyone liked Dory – it was a universal, unspoken fact. In my opinion, it was a very clever move on Disney Pixar’s part to make a film focussing on her unique character.
In Finding Dory, we see the quirky blue tang fish embarking on a journey to find her parents. With her short-term memory loss, all she can remember is that as a child there was an event that separated her from her parents. Her search leads her to the Marine Life Institute, where she believes her parents may be being held in captivity.
Interestingly enough, I never worried that this film wouldn’t be as good as its predecessor. Finding Nemo was very well done, which I think is why I used to watch it so much as a kid (despite finding the plot a little bit dark and depressing). I did wonder whether a thirteen year gap between the first movie and its sequel might prove to be too long for the second movie to have quite the same feeling as the first, but Disney Pixar definitely pulled it off.
However, I must say that I enjoyed Finding Dory much more than Finding Nemo.
As I mentioned earlier, I found the plot of Finding Nemo rather dark for my tastes, but with Finding Dory, there is so much brightness, humour and just generally a more light-hearted storyline. There were several instances in the film where myself and the rest of the cinema were in tears, quite literally laughing too hard to breathe.
New sea creatures with quirky characteristics are introduced, my favourite being Hank the Octopus. Different relationships between new and old characters are formed and developed. The original trio (Dory, Nemo and Marlin) are still the same strange little family we remember – however, even family has challenges, and so continuing on from the first film there is still development in their story.
All in all, whether you’ve seen the first movie or not, do watch Finding Dory! Great continuation, great plot and great new characters, great new settings and unexplored parts of the ocean – it’s a blast from the past that has done its predecessor justice.