The Perfect Sequel: FINDING DORY

The first film I ever saw at the cinema was Finding Nemo back in 2003 and now, 13 years later, I went back to the exact same cinema to see the film’s sequel. It’s a feeling of nostalgia that I’ve only ever experienced from seeing Toy Story 3 and Monsters University before, but this film was something different to those altogether. Unlike both of them, this film wasn’t the third instalment in
the series and it wasn’t just a really modernised prequel to the original. Instead, this managed to be both a prequel and a sequel that was so close to the original film, at the same time as managing to feel unique.

Without giving away any spoilers, the plot of the story is actually a lot more interesting than I had anticipated. We follow Dory, Marlin and Nemo a year after the events of the first movie as Dory slowly begins to remember that she spent almost every moment of her life up to when she bumped into Marlin on his search for Nemo, trying to find her parents. The rest of the film follows Dory remembering things about her family through the means of flashbacks as well as making new friends and facing loads of different obstacles along the way. I thought the story would be like a carbon copy of the first movie, but it really wasn’t and was actually a much more gripping and dynamic tale to be compelled by and to be absorbed into.

Marlin and Nemo ask Fluke and Rudder with some help finding Dory

The visuals in the film were stunning, too. I watched Finding Nemo once again a few nights before going to see the movie and it’s incredible how different the two films look side by side. Obviously, animation has come on leaps and bounds since the first film was released in 2003, but it’s still amazing how much more beautiful this new movie is. With a film like Finding Dory, where you’re exploring a world that exists but we just don’t get to see, like under the sea, it’s breathtaking when the animators show you what they can do by making the ocean look so gorgeous. It’s a task that I can imagine is incredibly complicated, but it’s an effort which is greatly appreciated.

The music of the movie is stunning as well; Thomas Newman really has done a fantastic job in composing the very moving incidental music that makes up this score which I have gone back to and listened to on Spotify over and over again since seeing the film. It’s only really in animated movies that I realise the importance of underscored music in film and in a movie like this one – when done right – it really, really works. The voice cast were also spectacular with my total favourite being Sloane Murray who voiced Baby Dory. Every single time that cute bundle of blue appeared on the screen, my heart melted at the sound of her adorable voice.

Hank and Dory try to escape in Finding Dory

Whether you want to see this movie because you loved the original, or just because you want to experience the fantastic Disney short Piper which plays before the movie, you’re going to leave the pictures feeling extremely happy. It’s one of those movies that sticks in your heart for a long time after you’ve left the cinema and if you’re on-par with some of the jokes as well, you might still find yourself laughing at Sigourney Weaver’s random cameo days later…

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