As the highly forgetful blue tang in 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” she made a memorable impact so it’s no surprise she now has a film of her own.
In a sequel which surrounds Dory’s attempt to find her own parents, director Andrew Stanton delivers a delightful film full of charm, and heartfelt emotion.
Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” finds the forgetful fish living happily in the reef with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) about a year after their life-changing adventure when she suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her. Recruiting Marlin and Nemo, the trio set off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute.
Once again, family is the key theme in this flick, which although isn't as great as its predecessor still delights. As the film begins, a massive stingray migration which cruises through their neighborhood triggers Dory’s (Ellen DeGeneres) memory and we are treated to a flashback showing baby Dory being schooled by her doting parents (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) in how to manage her memory problems. But an undertow whisks her away and she’s never able to find her way back. Once she begins to recall scraps of her past, she vows to find the parents she lost. In the effort to seek them out, she has amusing encounters with several eclectic characters that include; a cantankerous octopus, a beluga whale, a nearsighted whale shark and two Cockney sea lions (voiced by Idris Elba & Dominic West) who clearly deserve a sequel of their own.
With rapturous imagery, the filmmakers maintain the feel of the world established more than a decade ago and once again it’s a stunning underwater adventure with even more memorable characters.
That said, it’s still the same episodic storyline with a blue tang replacing the orange clownfish and certainly feels like a reheated sequel.
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