Verdict: Might not be a worthy successor to Finding Nemo yet fun.
It has been 13 years since Nemo was found and the fish have a problem again. They lose Dory this time. The adorable Blue Tang from 2003’s Finding Nemo gets into trouble this time and what ensues is yet another entertaining search complete with friends from the first edition and new ones. Finding Dory tries hard to live up to the expectations raised by its immensely popular predecessor and almost succeeds.
The story is exactly what is expected. No surprises there. In a happily-ever-after corner of the ocean chill Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence). For a fish that “suffers from short-term memory loss” and the movie will keep reminding you of the condition lest you forget (yes, a bad one), Dory has frequent flashes of her childhood memories. Thanks to yet another impulsive outburst by Marlin and Dory’s desperation to find her family, she soon finds herself on a bizarre adventure. Needless to say, an immediately regretful Marlin egged on by his son Nemo decide to well, go, find Dory.
Much to the audience’s delight, there’s Crush, the grand old fun turtle and his cool “dude” of a son, Squirt who yet again help out Marlin. If only, there was a little more of the both of them. The movie for the better part of it focuses on Dory’s friendship with an ill-tempered octopus Hank (Ed O’Neill) and the more entertaining parts feature both. Nonetheless, there are enough smiles in store thanks to the very fun sea lions, Fluke (Idris Elba) and Rudder (Dominic West), Dory’s childhood friend, a cute as a button bumbling whale shark called Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) and of course, Marlin and Nemo.
Finding Dory has its moments and they are a lot of fun but does it really belong right up there with Finding Nemo? Doubtful. Ellen DeGeneres delivers yet another extremely entertaining performance but for most part of the movie, too much is resting on her shoulders. The movie is marred by its length and even content. Finding Dory could have been a sharper sequel if trimmed a little more while the content seems to be trying too hard. Most certainly, the freshness of Finding Nemo is missed.
Having said that, the bar might have been set too high by the 2003-hit. And hence, it would be only fair to comment that in isolation, Finding Dory is definitely a fun watch, to say the least. You are taken in by the delightful characters yet again, the ocean looks just as lovely if not better and well, it is yet another Disney adventure you’d do well to enjoy.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Well, simply because it is the sequel to Finding Nemo, for starters. Make sure you don’t give this a miss because it is another adventure for people of all ages to enjoy. And if for nothing else, you absolutely cannot miss the incredible Pixar short film before the movie. Go for it!