Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Film Review: "Finding Dory" (2016).

"An unforgettable journey she probably won't remember"
, and that is exactly that in Finding DoryThis computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton; written by Stanton, Victoria Strouse and Bob Peterson from a story by Stanton; produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It is the sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

With the critical and financial success of Finding Nemo, it was inevitable that a sequel was going to made, considering the character of Dory is the most liked character on Facebook from an Disney or Pixar with over 25 million likes. But over the past decade, Stanton denied that he was developing a sequel. Even twitting a message on his twitter reading: "Didn't you all learn from Chicken Little? Everyone calm down. Don't believe everything you read. Nothing to see here now. #skyisnotfalling" However in April 2013, Finding Dory was first announced by Disney and Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show following a long campaign for a sequel. In addition, DeGeneres and Albert Brooks confirmed that they were going to reprise their roles. During script development, the setting of the film was changed from an aquatic park to a Marine Biology Institute after the controversial documentary Blackfish (2013) was screened for the crew of Pixar. The movie was originally scheduled to be released on November 25, 2015. After Pixar's other movie, The Good Dinosaur (2015), was pushed back to that date, this movie was pushed back as well.

The film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. The cast gave terrific performances, especially DeGeneres, with them keeping the comedic and emotional charm of the original even though the characters this time round showed little character development.

Offering Finding Nemo fans a welcome return visit with beloved characters, Finding Dory delivers worthwhile family entertainment for viewers of any age. It has enough of the right stuff to remain inside the imagination long after the immediate buzz of its cuteness has melted away. It is a worthy successor to Finding Nemo and matches its tone. But it never seems content to turn over old ground. Like Monsters University (2013), it's one of those movies that has absolutely no reason to exist. It would have been a terrific movie, if the movie was funnier and wasn't so convoluted. Pixar has raised the bar for animated features so high that when they turn out a film that's merely good, instead of great, they have only themselves to blame for causing critics to damn them with faint praise. However, in the end, this minor film with major charms still deserves to have kids dragging their parents to the multiplex for one more peek at the ocean floor below. It's all fun, despite the lack of originality.

Simon says Finding Dory receives:

Also, see my reviews for John Carter and Inside Out.

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