Friday, June 24, 2016

Finding Dory (2016)

Director(s): Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane. Voices: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney. 103 min. Rated PG. Animation.

Pixar is achieving something extraordinary in a sequel here: it's using the exact same setting and the exact same elements of the original Finding Nemo, to create an almost entirely independent story. The major difference, is that compared to the bubbly Nemo, Dory's world, whose owner suffers from short-term memory loss, is slightly but deservedly darker than the original. Nevertheless, the repeating and resonating theme of "be the best at who you are" in this case, is completely fitting for kids. This could've been the original movie instead of the sequel, and no one would have been the wiser.

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