Last time, it was the orange clownfish Nemo who had to be found. This time around it is Dory, the blue tang with a ‘short-term-remembery-loss’ who gets lost.
Director Andrew Stanton returns for this watery lost-and-found sequel. We are back under the ocean, with all the marvels of the deep around us — hundreds of kinds of fish, and plants, and creatures great and small.
Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) who has been hanging out with Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and his dad Marlin (Albert Brooks) suddenly has a flash of her past life — she had a mom and dad! That’s all it takes for her to take off to a marine institute in California, to search for her parents.
Because it is a Disney animation film, we know how this will end. In between, Dory and her clownfish pals have themselves an adventure, spending maximum time with a seven-legged octopus called Hank (Ed O’Neill) whose sole ambition is to get to an aquarium in Cleveland, and bumping into a short-sighted whale shark (Kaitlin Olson) who turns out to be a childhood buddy, and a beluga whale (Ty Burrell) who is trying rev up his echo-location talent.
And just in time too. About the only segment that has zing is the last 20 minutes, which has a rescue operation. The rest is fine, but familiar and bland.
I missed the lightheartedness of the original. This one is touchy-feely-weepy, underlining the movie’s big theme — home is where the heart is. What happened to throwing your head back and laughing?
And I don’t know about you, but why do these characters go yakkity-yak all the time? They talk far too much. It gets tiresome after a while, even if some of the lines are cutesy and funny. Right at the end, as Dory stares out into the vast deep and falls silent, we see what she sees, and share that sense of wonder.
In that blue, which stretches into infinity, anything is possible.
Director: Andrew Stanton
Finding Dory: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell