By Aric Sweeny
Finding Dory picks up a year after Finding Nemo ends. After several events and conversations trigger Dory’s memory of her parents, she sets out on a quest to return home and find them.
Starting off this review, I have to mention the incredible underwater atmosphere that Andrew Stanton creates yet again. So many diverse, unique looking underwater creatures are, quite literally, passed by in this film, making the visuals intriguing from start to finish.
Another positive that must be touched upon is the overall great casting. Whether it’s the classic characters we met in the first “Finding” film or the characters introduced in this new installment, all roles are executed with near perfection.
Judging from Finding Dory’s trailers, I truly thought this was going to be a rehash of Finding Nemo; to my pleasant surprise, it isn’t. The first twenty minutes or so are somewhat similar to Nemo, but the the director and writers took the story in a completely different direction, obviously trying to differentiate from the original Pixar classic.
Although the film is pretty great, it definitely has some flaws…
When Finding Dory was announced years back, I really didn’t get as excited as everybody else. Of course I was looking forward to it, but I didn’t think Dory could carry a film; I was right. Luckily, the film has an abundance of supporting characters to help take some of the screen time away from Dory, but we still got too much of the character. Yeah, yeah, it is her movie, but I still think she works much better as a supporting character. Dory is still a great character, don’t get me wrong, but too much of her can get annoying..
A majority of Finding Dory’s 3rd act is not good. Towards the end of the film, it seemed like the director was trying to ensure that the runtime stayed under 1 hour and 45 minutes so he crammed everything into a 10 minute sequence that feels completely out of place. It just didn’t feel organic to the storyline.
Overall, Finding Dory is another Pixar hit that will further add the their success as a company. Whether it’s a tear jerking moment, a chuckle from the audience or a cameo by one of your favorite Nemo characters, the film does it all pretty well.
Score: 8.5/10 STARS