Monday, June 20, 2016

Finding Dory
Release Date: June 17, 2016
1 hour 43 minutes
Rated: PG
Animation, Adventure, Comedy


Director: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Writers: Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse, Additoonal Material Bob Peterson, Angus MacLane

Ellen DeGeneres as Dory
Albert Brooks as Marlin
Ed O’Neill as Hank
Kaitlin Olson as Destiny
Hayden Rolence  as Nemo
Ty Burrell as Bailey
Diane Keaton as Jenny
Eugene Levy as Charlie
Idris Elba as Fluke
Dominic West as Rudder
Bob Peterson as Mr Ray
Kate McKinnon as Inex
Bill Hader as Ned
Sigourney Weaver as herself
Alexander Gould as Passenger Carl

Review by Ashley Steinberg

Finding Dory is a movie 10 years in the making. It’s been a long time coming and Nemo’s friend has finally returned, only to set off on another adventure. It’s easy to dismiss Pixar as a company that only makes movies for children, but they are so much more than that. While it’s not the original, Finding Dory is a heartwarming and feel good movie in its own right. The great part about it is it’s pretty close to as good as Finding Nemo, but can also stand on its own.

We follow Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) as the ever forgetful fish struggles to remember the family she eventually forgot. DeGeneres is entertaining as always. She brings an, albeit sometimes annoying (characteristically so), but loveable whimsy to Dory that is so characteristic of her every day life. And as far as the flashbacks to Dory’s childhood, lets just say that if you didn’t wish your animals could talk, mini Dory will make you reconsider. She is so adorable, you want to hug her every step of the way and almost forget to connect her to the older fish we’ve grown to love in the previous movie.

Early into her search, Dory makes a new- let’s call him a friend, Hank (Ed O’Neill), an octopus. When an aquarium staff catches Dory, she is put in quarantine to be checked. Hank finds her and wants the tag on her fin, so he can be taken to a facility in Cleveland to live alone in his own tank. Together they travel through the aquarium facility, trying to find Dory’s family, while Hank tries to not let Dory drive him crazy by her forgetfulness. He’s sarcastic and snarky and the perfect foil to our favorite blue fish.

Nemo (Hayden Rolance) is also a big part of this movie, along with his father, Marlin (Albert Brooks). It’s about a year since Nemo was taken away and Dory joined Marlin on his quest to find his son. Nemo has learned his lesson, but clearly Dory hasn’t. They adventure with Dory on a quest to find her mother and father whom she suddenly remembers after some triggers on a school trip with Nemo and his school of fish. Marlin, always pragmatic, has to learn some new tricks, and even learns a thing or two from his son. They have their own story after Dory swims away to follow a lead and they are separated and have to find her. 

Through hilarious hijinks, meetings with new and old friends and a growing love for the main characters, this movie is a full package. You will laugh, cry and get angry at times, but the best movies take you on a wave of emotions like this. It is, as its last word describes, unforgettable.

Stars: 4 stars out of 5

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