Finding Dory (2016)
Critic Consensus: Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, Finding Dory delivers a beautifully animated adventure that adds another entertaining chapter to its predecessor's classic story.
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as Mr. Ray
as Husband Fish (Stan)
as Wife Fish
as Young Dory
as as Herself
as Passenger Girl
as Tween Dory
as Husband Crab (Bill)
as Sunfish "Charlie Back and Forth"
as Deb (& Flo)
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Critic Reviews for Finding Dory
While not as visually dazzling as its predecessor, the film is still colorful and immersive; the script, while predictable, puts an engaging spin on the issues of home and identity.
It's gorgeous. It's lively. It's got terrific performances from a strong voice cast. It's emotionally affecting without being heavy-handed.
Dory's visual palette is such a joy to look at, drawing on the deep blues and greens of the underwater expanse and ocean-dwelling algae.
Finding Dory is enjoyable in its own right, even if its powerful sense of dÃ©jÃ vu keeps it from approaching the pinnacle of the Disney/Pixar collaborations.
There are some rollicky moments in Finding Dory... [But] the inventiveness of the animation is not matched by the frayed workmanship of the story line.
Audience Reviews for Finding Dory
Finding Dory may be a fun, dazzling adventure but when you get down to it the film is just a never ending sequence of cheap thrills. It also has trouble creating its own identity to become more than a Nemo movie. For the most part there's an apparent lack of real danger or conflict, it's just a whole lot of getting from point A to point B to point C (then back to point A again) and an infinite supply of convenient solutions along the way. Don't get me started on the questionable mixed bag of messages. "It's my family so I have to find them!", or my favorite "don't think, just do whatever and everything will work out!" The movie is enjoyable to say the least with a lot of the new supporting cast stealing the show and just enough drama to tug at your heart strings but it really doesn't have the complexities that make it the next step for PIXAR. With all the makings of a light, hilarious, quest seeking adventure, it's almost like they sold the rights to DREAMWORKS and asked them to make a spinoff for them.
To start with, I'm going to be perfectly honest. Pixar, that company that 10 years ago was practically infallible, has developed a poor record with sequels. Other than the Toy Story follow ups, the sequels they have produced have been empty shells of their predecessors. Monster's University is a lackluster film that doesn't really capture the feel and magic of the original film. Cars 2 was a miserable follow-up. So after all of these years, we have the sequel to Finding Nemo titled Finding Dory, a film that starts strong, but derails during its final act. The plot of the film is that Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) has suddenly started to remember segments of her childhood and realizes that she does have a family and goes on a journey to find them. Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) accompany her as she makes her way to an oceanic institute where she was born and her parents may still be waiting for her to arrive. As with the first film, they encounter numerous characters with various personalities that help or hinder their progress. Finding Dory is an amazing looking film that visually can be paired with Finding Nemo and the feel from the first film goes along. Hopefully Pixar has learned from their mediocre sequels (prequel) that trashed the concepts of the original films for a dull, sophomoric premise. It's a wonderfully created universe that pulls you in, revisiting memories from the first film and delivering new ones along the way. The story is also strong with another long journey looking for family. I was enthralled by the story as Dory pieced her way to her goal, almost reminiscent of a detective story. This film would have probably been a much better film if it wasn't for the third act. I'll try not to spoil it, but the film becomes so over the top that it slams the brakes on the story, pulling you right out of the film. And you never get it back. I know there were some over the top situations in Finding Nemo, but this film really drove that idea over the edge. A good film becomes a slightly above average film. Pixar is an animation juggernaut. This is the company that caused the entire industry to revert to computer animations and they are still the pinnacle of the business. When it's an original story they are geniuses, developing a world that immerses you. Their work is amazing. Unless it's a sequel. It seems that a company that rarely did sequels until a few years ago has not been able to repeat (except for Toy Story) any kind of continuation of the original film. Finding Dory comes close. I enjoyed the film, but the ending really kills the film and you find yourself wondering why they didn't finish it simply instead of the over the top conclusion that could almost be considered animated disaster. This is a good animated feature with a huge anchor dragging it down.
Finding Dory's contagious charm, heart and humor is proof of Pixar's improved capabilities of sequels/spin-offs. The film brings us back to the big blue spectrum as well as the euphoric animation and touching story that was effective 13 years ago. 4.5/5