The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, and Ed O’Neill
Directed by: Andrew Stanton, and Angus MacLane
Written by: Andrew Stanton
In 2003, Disney introduced audiences to a small clownfish named Nemo, his father Marlin, and their new friend Dory in the underwater adventure“Finding Nemo.” While Nemo won the hearts of many, it was clear Dory stole the show. The forgetful fish was down right hilarious mostly because she couldn’t remember much for more than a few seconds. Now the three fish are back in “Finding Dory,” where Dory is the center of the story.
Nemo is a cute little clownfish, but nothing will prepare audiences for Dory as a child. She has a tiny body, which leaves audiences clued to her bright eyes. There is plenty of the young Dory, as the movie is filled with flashbacks to her childhood. Dory uses these flashbacks to help get her through her current adventure, which is to find her parents.
Instead of traveling all over the ocean this time, the adventure quickly narrows to the Marine Life Institute. Along with her flashbacks, she gets some help from some new friends in order to navigate her way through the institute in search of her parents. Each of her new friends have some of the same silliness that Dory has, including Hank. Hank is a very serious octopus, who provides the most help to Dory because he’s on his own adventure. Oh and don’t worry, audiences will get to see some old friends too, including a certain bunch in a bonus scene after the credits.
Overall, there are some similarities between “Finding Nemo,” and “Finding Dory,” especially in how this adventure begins. However, there are enough differences for the audience to enjoy. The only problem for this movie is that Dory isn’t quite as hilarious this time around mostly because she acts more aware of her memory loss, and tries harder to remember things. In turn, the new characters are asked to make up of some the comedic slack, and they do a decent job of it. Audiences waited a long time for this movie, and they won’t be disappointed. I give it 4 stars!