Finding Dory (2016) Review

Verdict: Adorable enough

Great animation and voice acting, but tiresome.


While living with Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence), Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) suddenly gets flashbacks of her childhood life. She vaguely remembers having parents, and goes after the urge to find them. Marlin and Nemo go with her, but their destination is unknown and they seemingly wander around aimlessly. Also lending their voices to this film are: Idris Elba, Dominic West, Diane Keaton, Ty Burrell and Sigourney Weaver.

After years of speculation and doubts about whether a sequel to Finding Nemo (2003) was coming to screens, Finding Dory finally emerged. While visuals are amazing, and the voice acting full of personality, the recurring theme of short-term memory loss got a tad annoying.

DeGeneres carries the film, and her voice is very recognizable as Dory. She is definitely a perfect fit for the character. Having said that however, I sense that she ‘babied’ her voice a little too much. At times, it felt like too much effort went in to trying to make her voice sound more adorable. Adding to the fact that she says the same few lines about a hundred odd times in the film can be pretty tiring. Other voice actors did a good enough job with their characters too. Hank (Ed O’Neil) is very impressionable and provides some spy wannabe drama to the movie. Though she only had a few lines, the addition of Sigourney Weaver was a fantastic idea, and provided probably one of the best laughs for me.

Animation is great, as expected. The colors are all very vibrant and aesthetically pleasing. The sea lions are fun to watch, and especially the quirky one, whose name I believe is Gerald. Becky is another such character, who like Gerald, doesn’t have any lines, but provides much comic relief.

While animation, and voice acting is done well, the characters are pretty much stock types, and reactions are often over exaggerated because it is a kid’s film. As such, I found it somewhat enjoyable yet tiresome to watch.

To sum-up:
PROS: Visuals, voice acting, comedy
CONS: Tiresome theme, over exaggerated

I give this a 7/10.

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