'Finding Dory' - Movie Review

Jun 17, 2016, 16:48 IST | Johnson Thomas

'Finding Dory'
U; Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill

If you are looking for 'Finding Nemo' here then you have most certainly lost the plot. This sequel, 'Finding Dory' comes almost a decade and more after the fact, so your memory of the old may not be as fresh as it was yesterday. This sequel to the successful Disney/Pixar 2003 undersea animated adventure hit, aims to tap into those all too familiar themes revolving around family and friendships with a new lead character , a blue, yellow and black Tang fish called Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) doing the lost and found act, albeit a little differently this time. Dory suffers from short-term memory loss and has several trysts with forgetfulness en route to an adventure that sees her losing her way from clown fish friends Marlin (Albert Brooks)and Nemo (Haden Rolence) and flirting with childhood memories before she realizes that she had lost her way from her parents way back when she was a child and now sets out in search for them- all the while trying to rekindle memories that she has since forgotten.

It’s familiar 'Finding Nemo' territory with some old characters like Mr. Ray the stingray and Crush the sea turtle reappearing and some new ones Hank the slippery octopus, Destiny a whale shark and Bailey -a beluga whale adding much needed freshness to the tale. The animated aquatic life is amazing , the colors are vibrant and bright and the characters are cute but the film still feels a little tame and appears to be trying too hard to gather in as much affectation as the first.

The film has appreciable animation and visual effects, is 3D Imax friendly and is decently directed. But the protracted lost and found saga just feels forcefully elongated and the adventures become a trifle tedious after a point- mostly because Dory’s forgetfulness becomes less and less attractive as the movie plays forward.

'Piper,' an exquisite animated short by Alan Barillaro prefaces the run of the main film and the sheer virtuosity and coherence of that effort makes the main film look less appreciable. Nevertheless Disney/Pixar’s effort to make disability such as what is shown in the movie, understood, and the effort to get young minds to appreciate the love , affection and caring that parents and friends put in, must be commended. This is a wholesome film, that’s entertaining even while it sends out a message of love and understanding for all such differently-abled entities in the world. Such old fashioned values need to be given such frequent spring-boards if the world has to becomes a more equitable and fair living space!

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