Finding Dory

June 19, 2016 at 5:57 pm | Posted in 2016 | Leave a comment
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I don’t know that much needs to be said about this film. If you have seen “Finding Nemo,” you have basically seen a version of this one. The story arc is roughly the same and the film has the same combination of humor, mild danger and pathos. Along the way, we learn something about relationships and not giving up, despite overwhelming obstacles and self-doubt. The animation is of the exact same quality as all Pixar films for the past 15 years (in fact, is looks indistinguishable from “Nemo”); Pixar have done little to improve the medium that they revolutionized 2 decades ago. Having said all of this, they remain the undisputed masters on the genre. Even their bad films are good and this is one of their better ones. The characters have depth and are genuinely touching and funny. Hank the octopus, voiced by Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family,” “Married with Children”), is a welcome addition who adds genuine humor. Most of the original voices have returned. Even the boy who voiced the original Nemo (Alexander Gould, now fully grown) has a cameo in the film. This is safe, comfortable stuff. If you liked the original, you will like this one. In fact, it seems almost impossible not to like, though I will say that it had a couple of caricatures of “crazy” that seemed to play with mental health for laughs. That quibble aside, the film has everything you will be looking for if you are looking for a film like this. Nothing will surprise you much, for good or for bad. It’s a fun, silly, sweet journey and one well worth the taking.

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