It has been 13 long years for many but the wait is finally over and our favourite forgetful little blue fish is back on the big screens.
The movie opens with a brief retelling of how Dory came to be separated from her parents and living on the reef with Nemo and Marlin. It then picks up one year after they all returned safely back home.
Dory is happily living on the reef with her new family when she remembers something about her parents. After initial reluctance from Marlin (no surprises there), he agrees to help Dory cross the ocean to find them.
Right from the start, we are introduced to some old familiar faces as Dory, Marlin and Nemo meet with their old friends, the sea turtles, who help them navigate the various currents so they can quickly cross the oceans.
Once they reach their destination, we the audience are confronted with the shocking truth of an ocean dirty and filled with garbage. I’m pretty sure in Finding Nemo, human impact under the sea was limited to ship wrecks and the like, even the live bomb field where the sharks lived/met was basically a shipwreck.
13 years later, Pixar seems to be pushing it just a little bit more with the ocean green and with a fine, wispy layer of grimy filth. The ocean animals all seem happy enough, they have adapted, but Dory gets caught in a plastic can holder for many minutes. So yeah…. it’s not front and centre but it’s there. Well done Pixar!
But let’s talk about Dory…. once she is back home, the search for her parents is on. Dory runs into some old friends and makes many new ones along the way.
Hank, an hilariously cranky old octopus anxious to not have to go back into the ocean, helps Dory move about the land. Destiny, a short-sighted whale, and Bailey, a beluga who thinks his echo location is broken, also help Dory with some inside knowledge and a lot of laughs.
As with Nemo and his special fin, these movies are full of marine animals who are different and yet with some encouragement and love from family and friends, they become the best version of themselves they can be. It’s a lovely message not just for the little ones but for all of us.
My favourite character is Becky the bird who is…well she is a very special bird. Becky looks a little on edge always but she’s my gal.
This is not Finding Nemo 2 but is an extension of the ‘Finding …. ‘ world. It is a worthy successor to the original and will delight even the tiniest movie goers. With the myriad of wonderful characters, solid story telling, beautiful animations and a lovely, lovely heart, I hope every single person goes to see this movie. And even though I don’t usually like 3D, get the glasses and see it in 3D. You will not regret it
4 3/4 stars
Love Sue-Ellen xx
PS. Stay after the credits …..
Director : Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Starring : Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Sloane Murray, Idris Elba, Dominc West, Bob Petersen, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Torbin Xan Bullock, Andrew Stanton
Running Time : 97 minutes
Release Date : June 16