Review- Finding Dory; more about getting lost and discovering yourself than finding others

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Every time you think that everything is normal, something or the other goes wrong. When things start working your way in life, suddenly life takes a toll on you and everything is turned upside down. Right from losing your family to losing your friends, Life keeps juggling between happiness and anxiety in Disney Pixar’s animated feature Finding Dory.

Hope is one thing that drives both viewers and the protagonist Dory throughout the film as the art of storytelling engrosses you in the puzzled adventure. The plot follows the story of a beloved forgetful Pacific blue tang fish ‘Dory’ voiced by Ellen DeGeneres who wanders in search of her long lost parents. More than finding her parents, Dory gets lost herself and ultimately ends up discovering her own self and overcoming her shortcomings. 

Oops, what was I talking about! What did I just say! Are the lines that you might witness in the film as Dory keeps forgetting what she is upto. However, in this film her forgetful nature is not shown to the extreme level for it to turn out to be a source of humour and entertainment. In Finding Nemo 2003, Dory’s amnesiac character was an integral source of element. It lightened the tone of the film and mood of the viewers as the film was based on an intense plot of a father and son relationship.

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The other primary characters are a bit sidelined and probably they have to be for the title of the film demands it so. Marlin voiced by Albert Brooks and Nemo voiced by Hayden Rolence, the two clown fish companions of Dory, are a part of Dory’s escapade in this film however but they do not seem of much help in finding her parents.

It’s all about! What would Dory do and how would she do it! Traversing in the vast blue ocean to changing environments and entering human civilisation, Dory seems to head for a tough battle. The plot dives in and out of unpleasant situations quite frequently. It is entertaining yet sometimes it becomes too predictable and repetitive; as soon as one problem is over, the other one is already knocking at the door.

Disney has played with new characters which adds variety and charisma to the film and the character build up. The octopus or rather septopus Hank voiced by Ed O’Neill, Dory’s childhood friend whale shark Destiny voiced by Kaitlin Olson, the beluga whale Bailey voiced by Ty Burrell and Dory’s parents Jenny and Charlie voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy add the immense feeling of belongingness and bonding. Each character has a distinct role to play and the importance of each character is quite evidently felt be it sea lions or the loon Becky. 

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The film features the childhood days of Dory, and little Dory voiced by Sloane Murray and Lucia Geddes is adorable. Each time Dory goes back in her memory to her childhood, there is a strong message that comes out alive; and it strikes the right chord both in parents and kids alike.

It is all under the expanse of the blue sea and as water is a difficult element to create in animation, Pixar Animation Studios has done a commendable job. Various scenes where the fish are shown outside water, in different water bodies like tanks, artificial ponds, ocean, sewage pipes and coral reef are created with neat detailing. Most of the frames have a lot of elements in the background so the attention is quite widespread and use of varied colours play the game of captivating your eyeballs for a thorough visual experience.

The scene where the humongous Ocean Exhibition Centre is displayed, the sea otters blocking the traffic, hands trying to pluck the sea creatures, fish falling in the water from the truck and the the camouflage tricks of the septopus Hank are predominantly enthralling and leave you awestruck thus, making you feel that you are watching a Disney Pixar movie.

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Music tries to engulf the audience as the song ‘Just Keep Swimming’ leaves an impact on your minds and you might just walk out of the theatre humming the same. As far as comparison with Finding Nemo is concerned, Finding Dory is not that appealing and entertaining as it lacks a bit of humour and adventurous anticipation.

But, this film has a plethora of inspirational and radical messages for life. If you actually sit back and ponder on the script of the film, it all makes sense and might just inspire you to bounce back in life and face your fears. You can connect to the film and its characters quite easily and unknowingly realise that you have become a part of Dory’s journey.

Emotions, feelings, bonding, attachment and sacrifice are well portrayed by the director Andrew Stanton, alongside Angus MacLane as the co-director, and Victoria Strouse and Finding Nemo co-writer Bob Peterson as writers.

‘Be yourself for you are unique and special in your own way’ conveying this message quite strongly Disney Pixar has maintained its standard of creating films based on the art of storytelling with intriguing animation.       

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