Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo Review

by H. Thomas

***** 5 Stars

‘As cute and funny as this film seems at first glance, there are also many important elements, bordering on dark, that construct the true story – the story of a father and his son coming to a shared understanding.’

Director: Andrew Stanton

Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres & Alexander Gould

Overprotective clownfish father Marlin (Albert Brooks) is incredibly cautious when it comes to his son Nemo (Alexander Gould), due to the loss of his wife and other children, and does anything in his power to steer him clear of trouble. That is, until Nemo grows sick of his inability to do anything and rebels, swimming too close to a boat and being captured by a diver. Marlin, in a fit of panic, tries desperately to find Nemo, who, unbeknownst to him, has become part of a dentist’s fish tank and is learning important skills. Marlin comes across Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a blue tang with short-term memory loss – and with each finding solace in the similarly alone other, they swim through the ocean, encountering sharks, jellyfish, turtles, whales and seagulls on the way, in their goal to find Nemo and save him from the grasp of the dentist’s fish-killer niece.

As cute and funny as this film seems at first glance, there are also many important elements, bordering on dark, that construct the true story – the story of a father and his son coming to a shared understanding. Marlin teaches Nemo to be more careful; Nemo teaches his father to enjoy life and relax, and the two come to an understanding and bond because of their experience. When combined with the comedic effects of Dory, as well as sharks abstaining from eating fish, and sea turtles designed to appear as the chilled-out surfer stereotype, this creates a dazzling film which is bound to teach its audience multiple valuable lessons about judgement, compromise and family, as well as entrancing them into the wonderful world that isn’t created by Disney, but is all around us – the ocean.

Finding Nemo is currently available on Sky and Disney +. It was rated U by the BBFC.

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