Derek Winnert

Information

This article was written on 26 Jul 2016, and is filled under Uncategorized.

Current post is tagged

, , , , ,

Finding Dory **** (2016, voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill) – Movie Review

1FN

Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to its 2003 Finding Nemo plunges swimingly back into Nemo’s beautifully realised aquatic world with a delightful mix of the original favourite underwater characters and some delightful new characters, including octopus Hank (Ed O’Neill), whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) and laid back sea lions Fluke and Rudder (inexplicably but amusingly voiced by The Wire stars Idris Elba and Dominic West).

220x320_51f2bc3d959ab318d405bb15ad791e21

Unfortunately, poor Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) has lost both her short-term memory and her parents. As Oscar Wilde (very nearly) said: ‘To lose one’s memory may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both parents looks like carelessness.’

2FN

But now the ever-resourceful and upbeat Dory starts to recall her long-lost family and off she goes on an adventure to find them, accompanied as before by clownfish Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence). However, when Dory is captured and put in the Monterey Marine Life Institute housing diverse ocean species, she must plot to escape, save parents Jenny and Charlie (Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy) from captivity, and finally reunite with them.

05fee0a23d84fadac4cda9307fbe2b07

Probably inevitably, Finding Dory suffers from the usual sequel problems of a lack of freshness and a lack of a really good story to tell, plus a lack of a strong ending. It turns out that Finding Nemo is a one-off animated classic that didn’t need a sequel at all. Nevertheless, Finding Dory is a gentle, pleasing, simple and amiable entertainment, with a lot of chuckles. And it is welcome as a sweet, civilised, well-organised, nicely animated, orderly movie in an increasingly chaotic and troubling world, teaching kids nice simple life lessons.

2FN

For example, if it doesn’t work out, there’s always another way. Of course that’s a bit like ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.’ It would be churlish to point out that there are variants on this, like ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.’ That is from W C Fields, by the way. Or, better still, from Quentin Crisp: ‘If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.’

6852_5038

Anyhoo, as Dory would say, DeGeneres does a grand job on vocals, establishing a real character and a good sense of wit and fun, and all the new characters I liked. But Marlin and Nemo seem to get lost in the background somewhere. Maybe they’ll go Finding Marlin and Nemo next time, and with a better story to tell.

© Derek Winnert 2016 Movie Review

Check out more reviews on http://derekwinnert

MV5BNDAwMzAyNDEzMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDU3MTAxMw@@._V1_UY317_CR12,0,214,317_AL_

imgres

DORY-375x600

Comments are closed.

Recent articles

Recent comments

Skip to toolbar