Director: Andrew Stanton, co-directed by Angus MacLane
Rating: 5 Stars
(Warning: Might have spoilers!)
Just. Keep. Swimming.
Ever since the 2003 film, Finding Nemo, our favorite Blue Tang friend Dory has had these words embedded into our heads (or maybe just mine.)
From the first movie, which tells the story of Marlin and his search for son, Nemo, the sequel focuses on Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres and her search for her family. We begin to understand why she tells every fish (or aquatic animal) that she suffers from short-term memory loss. We also find out that she is not originally from “The Ocean.”
There were flashbacks to Dory’s childhood growing up with her
cautious parents, Jenny (Diane Keaton) and Charlie (Eugene Levy), who were always there for Dory teaching her that whenever she’s lost she is to tell people she has short-term memory loss and motivates Dory that she will always remember to get back home.
Dory’s character, from the first film, is already unforgettable because DeGeneres’ performance is spectacular and her performance in the sequel did not disappoint. DeGeneres’ voice captures Dory’s emotions of sadness, feelings of loneliness, doubt, hope, and excitement.
The news characters introduced in the film were voiced by an all-star cast of Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Sigourney Weaver. Also if you do watch until the end credits finish, you’d be seeing appearances from some characters from the first film.
The film isn’t just for the children. I’m sure even parents would enjoy and probably tear up a bit too. Themes of Family, love, adventure and teamwork makes the movie relatable not only for kids but for older audiences (even a 20-year old like me!)
The thing about Disney-Pixar films is that they always make me feel like a kid whether I’m watching Finding Nemo, Toy Story, or Inside Out. And I did get that feeling when I watched Finding Dory. I could watch it when I’m 25 and still get the feeling of being a kid and getting excited about the movie.
Did I enjoy watching the film? Yes. Would I watch it over and over again? YES.