Verdict: 3.5 / 5
13 years ago, we were taken on a journey where two unlikely strangers (Marlin, the uptight clownfish, and Dory, the amnesiac blue tang fish) teamed up to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Their mission? To find Marlin’s “kidnapped” son Nemo. This year, the adventure resumes as the newly settled fish family set out on another quest. In Finding Dory, they attempt to reunite Dory with her family.
Finding Dory kicks off with a flashback to Dory’s childhood as an adorable pop-eyed fishling and follows the story of how she grew into adulthood searching for her parents. Fast forward to the present when a random event sparks Dory’s memory about her past and there is no doubt or hesitation that action must be taken. Marlin is, of course, less than excited about launching into yet another trip across the ocean but is reminded that Dory had helped him when he was desperately searching for his son. Reluctantly, he agrees to help and the three of them (Marlin, Dory, and Nemo) commence their expedition.
I’m not going to lie to you, Finding Dory is an emotional rollercoaster ride with enough fast-paced action to keep you continually gasping for air. There are sad moments, funny moments, crazy moments and unexpectedly nerve-wrecking moments. Yes, this film is jam-packed with energy. The much-anticipated sequel gives context to Dory’s many idiosyncrasies while highlighting the importance of friendship and family. It also focuses on the idea that cognitive and physical disabilities/impairments need not be viewed as weaknesses – a message that is incredibly well executed.
With characters that are entertaining, a memorable storyline and a predictable yet heartwarming plot, Finding Dory is feature film definitely worth checking out. If you happen to be the crying type, you might wanna take some tissues along.