Return to the sea with Dory, Marlin and Nemo as they embark on another epic journey 13 years in the making.
(Warning: Mild Spoilers follow)
Beyond The Sea
Finding Dory is the sequel to one of the most well-known animated movies in history, Finding Nemo. Without giving too much of the plot away, the story picks up one year after the events of the first movie where Dory, still suffering from her short-term memory loss, finally remembers something from her past: her family.
What follows is another epic journey across the ocean, following the proverbial trail of breadcrumbs that is Dory’s memory, to find a her way home. Dory isn’t alone though, as she is aided by some familiar faces in Marlin and Nemo; as well as some new ones like Destiny, the short-sighted whale shark; Bailey, the Beluga whale who lost his ability to echo-locate and Hank the camouflage-ing octopus. Viewers young and old are sure to be charmed by the endearing new cast of characters. They are quirky, memorable and infused with that familiar Pixar magic.
Finding Dory doesn’t quite have the scale of Nemo however, opting instead for the most part to focus in one central location. However, The exploration of that location, with Dory remembering little tidbits of her memory to guide her through, is truly satisfying and more than justifies the more focused approach.
There are tons of thrills and spills to be had as the wacky cast explores and tries to make its way through this new locale. They avoid all sorts of weird creatures, contraptions and the biggest danger of them all, Humans. In this regard, it does feel oddly reminiscent of Toy Story in way but that’s not a necessarily a bad thing.
The visuals certainly impress in this one, with the CG oftentimes nearing photo-realistic quality. If it weren’t for the stylized look of the fishes and the human characters, one could probably mistake a still of the movie for an actual real-life picture. Rays of light dance gorgeously through the water and the underwater marine life is as vibrant and brilliant as ever.
Apart from the visuals, the movies strongest moments are when we get to see Dory’s memories through flashbacks and get a little glimpse into her past. These are heart-warming and enriching and are beautifully done. There are also some legitimate tear-jerker moments here as in one sequence the movie takes you from its bleakest point to its most beautiful moment. On a personal note, This particular sequence is possibly the most that this Gladiator has ever teared up in an animated movie. So, take from that what you will.
Finding Dory is a fun-filled, heart warming exploration of Dory’s journey as a character and finding her way back home. It tells a timeless story that revolves around the central themes of family, strength through adversity and breaking past weaknesses and limitations. It has some legitimately exciting moments, as well as a few heartfelt ones that’ll tug at the heartstrings of viewers young and old.
4.5 Seashells out of 5
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