Finding Dory (2016) – Review

4 Stars

Finding Dory reunites audiences with the absent-minded blue tang fish from the Pixar smash Finding Nemo. This side character made such an impression that she’s been given a spin-off/sequel to further explore the plights of that forgetful fish deep within the aqua blue seas of an disclosed Oceanic reef. Filled with the typical visual splendor of the Disney/Pixar brand, Finding Dory looks to capture the title of timeless classic that only a few titles from the mouse house have ever attained.

Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) has been searching for her parents most of her life. Now, she’s had a break-through remembering that they resided along a reef in Morrow Bay, CA.. Enlisting her friend Marlon (Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo, the trio head out across the Ocean to seek out Dory’s long-lost family.

Marine biologists pull Dory from the California waters and drop her into a research institute that serves as an aquarium. Here, we met charming new characters like, an escaped-minded Octopus (Ed O’ Neil), a beluga whale (Ty Burrell) incapable of using his echoing ability, and a pair of sea lions (Idris Elba) unwilling to share their rock with anyone. I also liked the lovelorn clam bellowing for his Shelly to return to him.

Finding Dory does what few sequels, particularly this summer, ever do. Instead of shamelessly rehashing what worked before and deeming it fit for release, the creative team, revels in the opportunity to expand and expose on the world, characters, and themes, while also retaining the exuberant spirit of the original film. It’s a great, visually pleasing entertainment both beautiful and earnest.

Director: Andrew Stanton
Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O’ Neil, Albert Brooks

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