Writer: Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse (Screenplay)
Starring: (Voice Talents) Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West
Plot: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Finding Snory
Story: Finding Dory starts as we learn how Dory lost her parents and was spending her whole life searching for them before bumping into Marlin. We move onto after the Finding nemo where Dory gets a new desire to find her family once more.
Dory wants to travel across the ocean and is joined by Marlin and Nemo where Dory gets taken to a fish hospital. Dory has to work with octopus Hank while inside the hospital to find her parents while Marlin and Nemo as we get flashbacks from her childhood.
Finding Dory is the sequel to the much loved Finding Nemo but this time we have to find Dory as she looks for her family in a fish hospital. Yeah so this has no adventure and ends up feeling a lot like a rip off of Toy Story 2 by having one character finding their own identity with new supporting characters and the other hero needed to go searching for them. I know this all sounds harsh but we expect brilliance from Pixar and this is sadly just another cash grab sequel where there wasn’t really a sequel lined up.
Dory: Dory wants to continue her journey of finding her family which means to has to go on her own adventure across the ocean along with Marlin and Nemo. She finds new friends in her search as well as old one but most importantly she gets that chance to final see her parents again. Dory is the character we know from the first outing but in this one it runs as a routine of comedy lines.
Marlin: Marlin is as reluctant as always to travel across the ocean but he knows Dory helped him so this time he goes on this adventure. Marlin is pretty much the same as before always worrying about what is happening.
Hank: Hank is the octopus who is afraid of the ocean and wants to go to an exhibit to live out his life but to do this he has to work with Dory through the fish hospital. He has the similarities to the wiser characters from the tank nemo was in during the first one. Hank is a good addition to this cast being the resistant member of the cast.
Destiny: Destiny is a whale shark that was a childhood friend of Dory as they used to speak through the pipes. Destiny has good banter with Bailey in her next door enclosure. Destiny is what you would have to call a typical supporting character that gets a few laughs and is important to the final outcome.
Support Characters: Finding Dory has a new set of supporting characters who all come off well without being truly memorable.
Director Review: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane – The directors give us a standard sequel to the much loved Finding Nemo that just doesn’t hit the highs of the first one.
Adventure: Finding Dory losses part of the true adventure with nearly all the film being in the fish hospital rather than the open ocean.
Animation: Finding Dory has the high quality animation you would expect from Pixar.
Comedy: Finding Dory has a few laughs but never turns into a full comedy with most just being Ellen trying quick wit jokes.
Family: Finding Dory is one you can take the whole family to enjoy without it being the most memorable.
Settings: Finding Dory keeps nearly all of the action within the fish hospital where we get to see the range of fish their and people visiting them.
Suggestion: Finding Dory is one to take the family see but if being honest you might as well just stick to Finding Nemo. (Stick to Finding Nemo)
Best Part: Hank is funny addition.
Worst Part: Lacks that true adventure the first one had.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: Will get an Animated nod.
Budget: $200 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
Tagline: An unforgettable journey she probably won’t remember.
Overall: Sequel that just doesn’t hit the marks of the original.
I’ll watch this one day in the future 🙂 when it’s on at Christmas probably!