Finding Dory is the long awaited sequel to Finding Nemo which came out 13 years ago. Back then I was just a kid and I remember really liking that film and now there is a whole new generation who are being introduced to these amazing characters but while Dory was a sidekick in the first, this time she star.
The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Ellen DeGeneres reprises her role as Dory, the fish with short term memory from Finding Nemo. Marlin is voiced once again by Albert Brooks and Nemo is voiced by Hayden Rolence who took over from Alexander Gould and while they have some really nice moments in this story, the vast majority of it is focused around Dory and her search for the family she forgot.
Finding Dory is similar to Finding Nemo in that it is all about discovering what it means to be a family but this time around we delve a lot deeper into what makes these characters who they are. The flashbacks do a great job of filling in the missing pieces and there are also some very emotional moments which are guaranteed to bring tears of joy.
Hank the octopus voiced by Ed O’Neill is a new addition to the cast for this film and helps Dory to complete her quest in exchange for a little help in completing his. The whole last act of the film was full of emotion and drama with scenes involving all of the main characters but the ones between Hank and Dory were particularly fun to watch.
Thirteen years is a lot time to wait for a sequel but this was more than worth the wait. It felt like you were saying hello to an old friend but one that had a new story to tell and it worked well. I really liked the new additions to the cast and shifting the focus to Dory made for a great film that you will like no matter how old you are.
Finding Dory is definitely worth a watch and if you haven’t seen Finding Nemo, I would highly recommend watching that one as well. If you have seen this film then let me know your thoughts down in the comments.