Stars: 3 / 5
Finding Dory is the 2016 American comedy-adventure drama film released by Walt Disney Pictures. This is a sequel as well as a spin-off to the 2003 hit animated film Finding Nemo - made 16 years later. The film reprises the roles of Dory - a regal blue tang - voiced by Ellen DeGeneres and Marlin - Nemo's father and a clownfish - voiced by Albert Brooks from the first part. The plot is very much similar to Finding Nemo - only in here Dory gets captured and Nemo and Marlin set to save her.
The movie was playing at the drive-in theater nearby. Havent had any experience with drive-in theaters, I set about to watch the movie. It was a very unique one and I must say something that I would like to repeat in future.
The plot opens with Dory, as a child, living with her parents but gets separated. The movie then fast forwards to year after rescuing of Nemo occurs, and Dory is playing a huge hand in raising Nemo. However during one of Nemo's class, Dory has a flashback to her childhood and remembers that she has a family. She sets out in search of her parents accompanied by Nemo and Marlin. With her short-term memory loss the only thing she remembers is that they had lived at the Jewel of Morro Bay. They reach California where Dory accidentally awakens a predatory squid who almost devours Nemo. Marlin yells at Dory for her carelessness and Dory leaves alone in search of her parents - hurt from Marlin's yelling. She gets captured by the Marine Life Institute, tagged and is sent to the quarantine section. There she meets with a seven-legged octopus named Hank. With this help she tries to get out while Nemo and Marlin try to get in to rescue her.
The rest of the film proceeds with quest of Dory finding her parents. In the process, she reconnects with her childhood friend Destiny - a near-sighted whale shark who communicates through pipes - helps Bailey - a beluga whale - regain his sense of echolocation, and helps Hank overcome his fear of living in the Ocean.
The film has set numerous records including the highest-grossing animated film opening of all time in North America. Yet I got dead-bored midway through the movie and almost quit watching the finish except that I couldn’t abandon my friends. :P Well animated ofcourse, no doubt about it. However there are several pieces to the plot that can be eliminated and still would have made a complete film. Those were the ones that bored me out.
Many who I know wonderd about the title of the movie. Should it have been called as Finding Dory's Family instead. However, for me the title still did make sense - as Dory was not only being found by Marlin and Nemo when she was captured, but she was also finding herself as she had so less of memory that she retains. Finding her family was the icing on the cake. :)
All in all a good movie for those sunny days.