Film Review: Finding Dory
Just keep swimming folks, I went to go and see Finding Dory in the cinema this past week. Whether you remember the Pixar classic Finding Nemo, or whether this is your first venture into the great big aquatic adventures of these fishy friends, this film is a must see before it’s too late. Join Timlah as we look at Finding Dory and what makes it so great.
“Fish are friends, not food.” “Mine, mine, mine!” “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming”
Finding Nemo was full of catchphrases that you couldn’t help but just remember. These are phrases that stuck with a whole generation of us, because of how simply great the animation and how much raw emotion was poured into the film. It was a phenomenal success, being released after Toy Story and before Monsters Inc, it was a nice way to go to another topic all together, without seeming too shallow, if you’ll pardon the pun. Finding Nemo was an interesting, complex film which seriously made you invest in Marlon and Dory as they set on an epic quest to go and find Marlon’s son, the titular Nemo.
So in Finding Dory, you’d think the film was basically the exact same premise as Finding Nemo, but instead we’re hit right in the feels the moment the film begins. We’re re-introduced to Dory, but not as we remember her. We’re shown a clip of Dory’s past, baby Dory. Now don’t worry, I won’t fill this article with spoilers, but one of the biggest talking points of Finding Dory, was how cute the little Dory is. The moment the film starts, little Dory reminds us that she suffers from short-term memory loss, which is actually the main driving plot of the film. We’re taught throughout the film the problems that Dory has faced as a character and how she’s overcome all the problems she’s encountered in her relatively short life.
Without actually telling you too much more about the plot, this is a film where Dory is actually the one who is going to go finding something. She wants to go and find her parents, though she knows very little about who they are, where she’s from and anything else. The film does a rather good job of conveying the suddenness of her memories, showing us that she does indeed have memories of her past and the bits of information she needs, but she just needs that helping hand to uncover them. What makes this an intriguing plot device is that Dory is shown suffering from a range of emotions throughout.
The characters on display in Finding Dory are somewhat more complex than they were in Nemo. With Dory’s disability on full display, which is the central plot line to the film, you get the sense that this film was more aimed at the people who grew up with Finding Nemo. Whilst this film isn’t as funny as its predecessor, this is a very complex film, made even more so by characters such as Hank the Octopus. Couple the deep thought process behind these characters and the incredibly intelligent plot, I can understand why some people might not like this film. It’s not really made for the youngest of children, though they will enjoy it for the visual marvel that it presents.
The film has received mixed press from various review outlets up to this point, so I figured I’d try to bring the points together so you can make a fair assessment to whether this is a good film for you. If you’re fond of films that aren’t shy about showing raw emotion, moments that are meant to make you cry or at least sympathetic as well as enjoying a technical marvel in the likes of characters such as Hank, then this will be the film for you this summer. However if you’re not a fan of soppy films, this film really isn’t as funny as Finding Nemo was. It’s worth mentioning that Finding Nemo was also full of very sad moments, but this sequel takes the feel-o-meter a step further. With beautiful voice acting by Ellen DeGeneres and crew, as well as a relatively deep plot for a family film, Finding Dory isn’t a laugh-a-minute, but it’s certainly a wonderful viewing experience… But what do you think? Have you caught these fish on the big screen yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.