Though it’s arguable to say if a sequel to 2003’s ‘Finding Nemo’ was necessary, ‘Finding Dory’ is indeed another stellar notch on Pixar’s belt with this continuation delivering on excitement, spectacle, laughs and, of course, heart.
Set only one year after the first film’s adventure of father fish Marlin (Albert Brooks) exploring the wonders of the sea to locate missing son Nemo, here the focus is on Dory (Ellen Degeneres), everyone’s favourite forgetful Blue Tang, whose short-term memory loss has kept her from remembering her own history.
As snippets from her past start to seep into her mind – specifically moments as an infant with her kind parents (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) – Dory makes it her mission to find her parents. Placing together every miniscule puzzle piece she can muster up to connect, her travels bring her to an aquatic centre where her typical forgetfulness and determination lead her on a journey of self-discovery.
Though ‘Dory’ utilises a deal of what made ‘Nemo’ so special, it never feels like a carbon copy and, as to be expected, it pulls no punches when it comes to evoking an emotional response from its audience; I dare anyone not to get a little misty eyed when it comes to the sequences between Dory and her parents.
As for the titular fish herself, she’s the heart and soul of this film. Her memory-loss is used as both a vasty effective comedic tool and a near-tragic circumstance, and Degeneres’ voice work is sublime.
As much as it is her film though, her colourful array of co-stars are up to the task of stealing focus with Ed O’Neill’s camouflage-ready octopus, Idris Elba’s brash sea lion and Ty Burrell’s impaired whale all marvellous creations; you’re also likely to find yourself oddly drawn to the knucklehead bird Becky who proves a surprisingly efficient force despite her limited intellect.
To say ‘Finding Dory’ is another win for the Pixar crew goes without saying but, once again, they have proven their unmatched strength at blending humour, drama, and adventure into one visually appealing package that stands as both its own feature for a new audience and a welcome additive to fans of the original.
Finding Dory is in cinemas now. Watch the trailer below: