When Finding Nemo hit theaters, I was 24- young, independent and completely smitten with the lovable, forgetful blue tang sidekick, Dory. It took having a child of my own, to realize that Dory’s story wasn’t complete. My daughter was no more than 3 years old, when she saw it with grandma, and immediately had a ton of questions like- where were Dory’s parents? Where did she come from? Does she remember anything? What will happen to her? These were questions I didn’t really have answers to, until now with the release of Finding Dory. Not only does Finding Dory touch on any questions you may have had about Dory’s beginnings, it has a new, unique adventure of it’s own amidst beautiful scenery, and a script that will make you both laugh and cry.
Dory, now staying with Nemo and Marlin, is still as forgetful as ever but living a happy life on the reef with her friends. When, while on a field trip with Mr. Ray, Nemo and friends, she suddenly has a flashback to her parents. Suddenly, she is flooded with a feeling of loss and sets out on a journey to find them. Fearing for Dory’s safety, Marlin and Nemo, go with her to the “Jewel of Morro Bay” , which is actually the Monterey Marine Life Institute. Once they get to their destination, Dory is accidentally separated from her Marlin and Nemo and most venture the Institute on her own to find her family, while her surrogate family tries to find a way to get to her. Along the way, they each meet a hilarious, and heartwarming cast of characters like Hank (Ed O’Neill), Destiny (Kaitlyn Olson), Bailey (Ty Burrell), and more.
Finding Dory is a gorgeous follow up to a film that has reached multiple generations but it isn’t without a few faults. The pacing is a little off, sometimes veering on the dark a bit too long before jumping in with a joke or two, which can make the joke fall a little flat when your emotions haven’t left the little darkness. It doesn’t take long though, to once again be back into the beautiful underwater world that director Andrew Stanton and crew have created. It will be a film that makes kids giggle, grown ups cry, and leave you asking “What Would Dory Do?”
The answer, as always, is to “just keep swimming…”
Finding Dory is now out in theaters.