Finding Dory

Finding DoryAny Pixar movie is going to be met with high expectations and anticipation. A sequel to one of Pixar’s best is going to be met with higher expectations and anticipation. How does Finding Dory deliver? Let’s just say it does. As Marlin’s sidekick in Finding Nemo, Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) was adorable as the regal blue tang fish with no short term memory but a knack for getting out of a bad situation. It was natural she get her own movie about where she came from and a newfound desire to find her long lost parents. With the spotlight on her while Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence) now in the background (Hank (Ed O’Neill), the grumpy octopus, serves as the sidekick here), Dory is more loveable than ever – especially in the flashbacks when she’s all eyes. Some of the challenges from the first film come conveniently easy this time around (crossing the ocean was a breeze!) and there’s a few too many problems around the corner, particularly above sea level, but Finding Dory mostly keeps up with its predecessor as a Pixar sequel highlight. Had it come first, it might have been the classic Finding Nemo is today, but it faces the challenge of having big shoes to fill. There’s really only room for one Finding film, but Dory does a fine job being found.
Four stars

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