Dory has now her own movie [review]

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Rating: 9/10

Now Dory has her own movie 🙂

Imaginatively called “Finding Dory”, a merchandising opportunity for Disney and a welcome end-of-the-school-year diversion for parents and children.

Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is a sequel to the 2003 film Finding Nemo.

The crew

Andrew Stanton, who directed the first film, returned as writer and director, alongside Angus MacLane as the co-director, and Victoria Strouse and Finding Nemo co-writer Bob Peterson as writers.

Like other films of its species, “Finding Dory” is full of celebrity voice work, including from a number of television performers. Kaitlin Olson of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is a nearsighted shark. Idris Elba and Dominic West have a “Wire” reunion — Stringer Bell and McNulty, together again! — as a pair of Cockney sea lions. Ty Burrell plays a nervous beluga whale, while his “Modern Family” father-in-law, Ed O’Neill, steals many scenes as a wily, grouchy, seven-armed octopus named Hank.

The story

Finding Dory focuses on the amnesiac fish Dory, and explores her journey to be reunited with her parents. Along the way, she is captured and taken to a California public aquarium, from which Marlin and Nemo attempt to rescue her.

Instead of the open seas, Dory conducts her search mostly in the confines of the Marine Life Institute, an institution clearly inspired by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California that the filmmakers turn into a theme park full of mechanical ingenuity and aquatic cuteness.

There are toys and tots, aquarium tanks and drain pipes, strange birds and the disembodied voice of Sigourney Weaver. The plot, like a theme-park ride, is both predictable and exciting, a fast-moving cascade of triumphs and setbacks, punctuated with humor and pathos.

But the movie also has lessons to impart. “Dory” is more about the acceptance of chaos. Dory’s inability to make or stick to plans is shown, in the long run, to be an advantage. And her memory issues, played mostly for laughs in the first movie, take on a deeper meaning here. She and Nemo, who was born with a deformed flipper, are both fish with disabilities, an identity shared by most of the new secondary characters. And a lot more.

You will simply enjoy it and laugh as hell.

Check out the trailer:

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