Is Pixar’s latest animated sequel a swimming success or does it leave you with that sinking feeling?
The highly anticipated follow-on to 2003’s ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Finding Dory’ is set one year after the events of its predecessor and follows the blue-tang fish as she searches for her long-lost parents with her new-found clownfish companions. But, after a series of events splitting the group apart, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) must set out alone to find her mum and dad in an unforgettable adventure!
‘Finding Dory’ was an absolutely beautiful film to watch. The animation was absolutely perfect, bringing a realism to these characters and their very unrealistic adventure. I do have to commend Pixar on this as I’ve found myself entranced in both of their latest works (‘Finding Dory’ and 2015’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’) purely by the visuals and animation.
However, this film wasn’t all great to watch. I felt a lot of the jokes and humour fell flat, especially seen as most of it was to do with Dory’s memory loss, which was funny the first three or four times, but it soon became boring and predictable. The plot as well wasn’t particularly ground-breaking and some parts were a bit repetitive, leaving my interests flagging a bit.
With a new movie comes a new set of characters, and ‘Finding Dory’ brought quite a few. My particular favourite was probably Hank (Ed O’Neill), the cranky octopus who offered a few laughs, as well as Idris Elba’s sea-lion character Fluke, also offering some light comedy.
Overall ‘Finding Dory’ is a strong movie sequel, however whether it lives up to its predecessor is a different matter. Its animated well and there are some strong characters, however a sometimes repetitive plot occasionally lacking in humour means ‘Finding Dory’ gets a seven-out-of-ten.
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