Thirteen years in the making, Finding Dory (2016) is the long awaited sequel to Finding Nemo (2003) that delivers with both heart and humor.
Dory (Ellen Degeneres) is a little forgetful. From early on and into adult life, she experiences short term memory loss. She has to constantly remind herself what she is doing and is about to do, or she will forget. This idea leads the narrative of this fish tale. What I like about this film is that is doesn’t explain what is «wrong» with Dory. Rather, the focus is on what is RIGHT about Dory. The characteristics that define who she is, highlighting her abilities and not her disabilities.
Continuing one year after the events of Finding Nemo, Dory is off to find her parents after remembering something on a class trip with Nemo. On her way to find her long lost parents, Dory meets some new and old friends. We learn that Dory really DOES speak whale and we find out where the famous phrase «just keep swimming» comes from. On her search adventure, Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and his father Marlin (Albert Brooks) come along. The two clownfishes realize later on, that when stuck in a challenging situation, the best thing to do is to think like Dory.
This sweet and hilarious film captivates with a clever storyline and relatable characters. Presented with flashbacks throughout, Andrew Stanton makes a complicated tale easy to follow for both kids and adults. At times you may want to bring out a tissue box as Dory’s story is a little heartbreaking. The only drawback is that you really need to see Nemo in order to fully understand Dory.
Filled with copious amounts of humor and a stunning soundtrack, Finding Dory does not disappoint. With Ed O’Neill as Hank the octopus, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy as Dory’s parents, and Kaitlin Olson as Dory’s whale friend. I recommend staying for Sia’s rendition of «Unforgettable» during the end credits. Also, for another great Pixar movie about memory, watch Inside Out (2015).
Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Release date: August 26th, 2016
Text: Jennifer Britt Lundberg Hansen