RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 97 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION ANDREW STANTON SCREENPLAY ANDREW STANTON, VICTORIA STROUSE STARRING ELLEN DeGENERES, ALBERT BROOKS, HAYDEN ROLENCE, ED O’NEILL, KAITLIN OLSON, TY BURRELL, DIANE KEATON, EUGENE LEVY MUSIC THOMAS NEWMAN
Finding Dory is the sequel to Pixar’s beloved Finding Nemo and stars Ellen DeGeneres as Dory who is on a quest to find out about her origins and her parents.
I have not really been looking forward to this because it’s another sequel to a perfect movie that in my opinion stands fine on its own. However, as of late Pixar has changed into a movie-making machinery in a good and in a bad way. While their properties are still original and genius they have started to franchise them out which most of the time brings some missteps along the way.
That being said I find Finding Dory to be a fun family adventure with a fine premise, fun characters and funny jokes. But that doesn’t change the fact that I still think the movie is unnecessary. The story kind of feels like a rehash but from a different perspective. I don’t have a problem with that other than I never felt like I want to know the back-story of Dory in the first place. I mean, she is a cool side character and everything, but also a little annoying. That’s why she ended up being the support character in the original film and she worked. But if we start to branch out every side cheater into a desperate movie, where do we end up?!
Ellen DeGeneres of course does a very good job voicing Dory as all the other voice actors. Especially Ed O’Neill as Hank the octopus is a standout among the new characters, which also include the two whale/whale-sharks Bailey (Ty Burrell) and Destiny (Kaitlin Olson). Btw. I can already see a future installment called Finding Hank 😉
The movie is more geared towards kids this time around and that also comes through in the humor. There is still plenty of stuff for adults to enjoy (some cool inside jokes about octopuses and whales cracked me up) but the majority will be appreciated by younger audiences. Especially the animation style, while keeping the overall esthetic of the first movie, feels a little bit more elastic, if that makes any sense. The movements of the characters feel much more dynamic and over the top (which I don’t necessarily mean in a negative way).
Necessary or not, Finding Dory is a good adventure film that can be enjoyed by young and old, while definitely geared more towards the young. Fans of Finding Nemo (me included) will definitely like it. Others, who have not watched the original don’t necessarily need to go back before watching this one. But you will miss out on a few jokes.