'Finding Dory' :
Whirlwind journey across colourful and magical seas
'Finding Dory' is perhaps the most anticipated movie sequel of the
year by children and adults alike. Following the movie 'Finding Nemo'
after 13 long years 'Finding Dory' takes viewers on a similar but also
somewhat different journey as that of the first movie. Instead of
focusing on Nemo and his father Marlin, as the title suggests it takes
moviegoers on a whirlwind journey across the colourful and magical seas
created by Pixar following the Regal Blue Tang fish Dory who has as she
puts it and tells everyone she meets, a 'short term memory loss'.
The movie from its start is fast paced as Dory sees flashes from her
past which takes her, Marlin and Nemo on a perilous and exciting journey
across the sea in search of Dory's long lost family when eventually Dory
finds her way into a Marine Life Institute. While in the first movie
Dory's amnesia is a long running gag, in 'Finding Dory' however, her
memory impairment becomes somewhat terrifying as one watches Dory's
difficulty in navigating day to day life. It also tugs at the
heartstrings of all parents, especially, that of parents with children
who have special needs as Dory's parents, share their worries, hopes and
dreams for Dory as they try to prepare her for life while living with
her disability. The movie gives viewers an understanding of the illness
while impressing upon them the difficulties people with amnesia have to
face daily. However, 'Finding Dory' does so subtly without overwhelming
the movie with the topic, thereby striking a good balance.
The movie entwines with various incidents of the past along with
various instances of the first movie going back and forth between the
two while it also explains how Dory ended up where she did.
Another standout is one of the new characters, an octopus missing one
tentacle named 'Hank' voiced by Ed O'Neil from sitcom Modern Family.
Having lived in captivity Hank is terrified of being released to the sea
and is willing to do anything to be transported to another facility. As
he says he just wants to live in a glass box, which explains the similar
tendencies of animals that have lived in captivity for a long period
being unable to adjust to their true natural environments. This is
another aspect of animal rights being brought up by the movie, while
similar messages are clear through Dory's journey through the maze of
the Marine Life Institute in her journey to trace her home while
overcoming her amnesia to arrive safely at her long forgotten home.
The end of the movie is emotional and is also action packed than the
ending of 'Finding Nemo' featuring fish in control of a truck being
driven and Otters who disrupt traffic by hugging each other. The movie
too gives a message that as the animals in the movie, together anything
can be achieved while chaos should be embraced when life does not go
according to plan.
Ellen Degeneres voicing Dory is exceptional with her comedic timing
while another favourite was Ty Burrell as Bailey the Beluga Whale.
Even though the plot cannot be exactly called original due to its
similarities to the first movie, it is nevertheless full of positivity
and can do attitude. It imparts many wonderful messages to children and
adults alike thereby making it a must watch.
'Finding Dory' is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested).
Running time: 1 hour 43 minutes.