Finding Dory Review
by H. Thomas
***** 5 Stars
‘The animation of each character and object in the film, down to the reflections in the water, is flawless, and each well-known character is brought to life again with the same lovable personalities.’
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill & Hayden Rolence
In this long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, the story picks up one year after Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a lost fish with short-term memory loss, befriended Marlin the clownfish (Albert Brooks) on his quest to find his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence). She has settled into life with Marlin and Nemo at the reef perfectly – that is, until, something extraordinary happens. For the first time, she remembers her parents, and where they are living, and instantly sets upon a journey to find them. In her haste, however, she is captured by a marine life rescue team and put into quarantine at a Californian marine life centre. Unbeknownst to her, this is the place she is looking for, and she strikes up a deal with Hank (Ed O’Neill), a sarcastic octopus with a fear of going back to the ocean, to help her find her parents in one of the many exhibits. Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo enlist the help of territorial sealions, an outcast seabird, an over-talkative clam and many other sea creatures living at the centre, all in their mission to find Dory.
In the thirteen years between the release of Finding Nemo and the release of this film, it is very clear that the Pixar team have been working endlessly to make this sequel live up to fans’ expectations, and it has paid off. The animation of each character and object in the film, down to the reflections in the water, is flawless, and each well-known character is brought to life again with the same lovable personalities. This is particularly prevalent in Nemo, as Hayden Rolence is the second voice actor to play Nemo and has maintained his character perfectly. These well-loved characters combine wonderfully with new introductions, who bring new friends, story-lines and comedy into the franchise, and overall, this second film in Pixar’s World-under-the-sea is just as brilliant and heartwarming, perhaps even more so, than the first.
Finding Dory is currently available on Sky and Disney + and was rated U by the BBFC.