Thursday, June 16, 2016
Finding Dory Review: A Memorable Sequel from Pixar
Taking place one year after the first film Finding Dory once again centers on Marlin (Albert Brooks), Nemo (Hayden Rodence) and of course Dory (Ellen DeGeneres). After remembering her past Dory sets off to find her parents while both Marlin and Nemo accompany her on this adventure. Their travels lead them to the Monterey Marine Life Institute which just so happens to be the aquarium where Dory was born. Upon their arrival Dory gets separated from Marlin and Nemo as she is taken inside the facility. In order to find her parents Dory gets help from a reclusive Octopus named Hank (Ed O'Neil) while Marlin and Nemo search the aquarium for their lost friend.
With the story to Finding Nemo as sound as it was, it would be hard for a continuation to emulate the same level presentation. However the concept behind Finding Dory's story had potential; and when it came to the plot's execution this tale did a fair job. When it came to the adventurous aspect to the plot this story was quite enjoyable as it would keep me wondering just where Dory's parents were. The pacing was bit quick (particularly in the beginning) but the structure still worked for the movie's concept. The only issue the story had was its balance between perspectives. As Dory searched for her parents Marlin and Nemo are left outside to find a way to get to Dory. While the clownfishes' part of the story was not bad it does not have the intrigue that surround Dory's tale. Aside from that issue this plot was still effective as it featured the right tone and had a good sense of adventure to it.
Finding Dory may not have been as profound as its predecessor, but then again topping Finding Nemo is no easy feat. That being said the movie could have been more coherent with elements likes story and characters; but that is not to say that this animated film was not effective. While it does not have the presentation of the 2003 film Finding Dory still featured an enjoyable plot that was filled with fantastic characters; not to mention featuring solid animation. The movie may not have gone above and beyond the call of duty, but Finding Dory managed to be a sequel that will not be easy to forget.