After the success of Finding Nemo, bearing the notion that Pixar had started expanding on some of its classic stories, it wasn’t much of a surprise that they would also continue the underwater-events of our beloved fishes. It’s just a pity that the story isn’t all that different from the first one …
Finding Dory tells the story of the other fish (Nemo and his father Marlin being the first ones) going on an adventure trying to find her family. She then gets captured and meets a few very friendly ocean-buddies who’ll all try to help her get back home or find her mommy and daddy.
Needless to say, the character Dory is a funny one and making the story about her is a very good decision. It gives the entire ocean-story a different twist and, what not with Dory’s short-term memory loss flagging up all the time, makes the whole movie a very amusing comedy to watch.
Dory is the kind of fish who does things by heart, which is to say, she has a very special way of solving problems. Often, very often indeed, she is confused and forgetful … and that’s why she has no clue where she is or what she’s going to do next.
However, Finding Dory is not without its flaws. The story is seriously simple in nature. There aren’t that many changes from the first one, if you think about it. Sure, you’ll see other fish and this time it’s Dory – not Marlin – who goes on an epic underwater-adventure, seeking something of great value.
But somehow after the movie is over and done, you’ll wish the filmmakers had taken on a slightly more distinctive route … perhaps one where a single fish doesn’t swim away in chase of something family-related, but more of an original story rather than a rehash of the first one?
On top of that, the new characters aren’t as much fun as the ones from the first movie. Yes, you’ll see a fun shark for a change, and some sort of a white whale (Beluga it’s called, and yes, it really does exist) … oh … and there’s this red octopus that’s really quite entertaining to watch!
All in all: it’s a fun film to have, but let’s hope Pixar won’t make a third ‘Finding-someone’ movie … they’ve already squeezed all the water out of these two movies!
Did you know?
Characters from other Pixar films make cameos as visitors to the Marine Institute. These include the daycare children from Toy Story 3, some adults and teenagers seen in Inside Out, and some of the dentist’s patients (particularly the young boy and mother who had been sitting in the waiting room when Darla arrived) from Finding Nemo.
Give it to me short:
Finding Dory is a very fun film to watch, it really is, but if you expect originality or a great new adventure that’s completely different from the first one … then you might stick to Toy Story 2 or the 2nd Monsters-movie. Finding Dory follows almost the exact same route as the first movie, in that – once again – a fish is called out to the open sea to find someone they love very much.
This time it’s Dory, instead of Marlin, who goes out to seek her family. She meets all sort of lovely characters on the say – the octopus is by far the funniest one – and the ending wraps things up beautifully, combining both movies as a whole. If Pixar plans on making a third, then they’re really gonna have to come up with a story that’s completely out of the blue … you know … a story that doesn’t seem like a dried-up version of the first one.