Rated: PG for mild thematic elements. Reviewed by: Matt Release date: June 17, 2016 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
Finding Dory is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2003 film Finding Nemo. Pixar brought back Andrew Stanton to both write and co direct, next to Angus MacLane, this sequel. The question was whether or not this film would live up to it's predecessor. And after viewing it I can easily say that it did.
Finding Dory is the story of Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) one year after the events of Finding Nemo. When Dory begins to remember her long lost family, Dory, along with her friends Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence), begin their journey to find her parents. However, when Dory is separated from her friends, she will seek new help from new and old friends while Marlin and Nemo seek to reunite with Dory.
There is much to be said about this movie starting with the story itself. Dory's journey is a heartfelt one and is wonderfully written. It manages to both bring happiness and sadness in a way only Pixar seems to do, yet the movie never seemed to sad. Marlin and Nemo's story was kept as mostly comic relief during the film however still managed to be filled with emotion as they sought Dory. Many of the characters made reappearances during the film and it was great to see as they didn't feel too shoehorned. The new characters also stood out between the seven-legged octopus Hank (Ed O'Neill), the near sighted whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), and the beluga Bailey (Ty Burrell). There isn't a bad scene between them and each managed to stand on their own and help advance the plot. This movie is well rounded without many major flaws. Even the minor flaws are few and far between leaving the audience with a very satisfying movie.
In the end, Finding Dory is a worthy successor to Finding Nemo with a story that will be enjoyed by viewers of all ages. With a wide variety of emotions through the film with endearing characters, Finding Dory is a film everyone should see.