For me, what was perhaps the most remarkable thing about Finding Dory was that its story flowed so effortlessly without the need of a villain. Like its previous instalment – Finding Nemo – the sole focus of the film were the characters and their predicament, which was interesting enough to make you forget the lack of a villain in the first place. Out of all the Pixar films I have seen (13 of the 17 feature length films released: the other 4 being The Good Dinosaur, Monsters University and the two Cars films) this is quite novel. Those who have seen the film may split hairs with regard to a fluorescent and beaked creature that Nemo and his father, Marlin, encounter. However, I’d think it would be more appropriate to count that particular creature as (at best) a minor-character; or merely, antagonist.
Undoubtedly, Finding Dory is one of the best family film sequels. In the Pixar canon it is probably not as good as Toy Story 2 but it’s certainly just as good as its previous instalment. And at no point did I feel that Pixar made the film for any other reason than they had a story to tell. A simple story: it follows Marlin and his son as they try to find and rescue Dory who, in the process, is also trying to find her parents. The majority of the film is technically devoted to Dory’s search for her parents but then again ‘Finding Dory’s parents’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
Along the way Dory befriends many characters. All of whom manifest from Pixar’s attempt to both expand their roster of animated maritime animals and to capitalise on talent from TV: from Saturday Night Live fame we have Bill Hader and Kate McKinnon play a married couple of Kelp Bass; from It’s always sunny in Philadelphia we have Kaitlin Olson playing a whale shark; and from Modern Family we have both Ty Burrell playing a beluga whale and Ed O’Neill play a seven-tentacled octopus. O’Neill is by far the best new character. He plays a seemingly self-interested and street-smart curmudgeon who only helps Dory out of a quid pro quo arrangement.
Aside from the film itself, I would just like to warn/remind those who, like myself, seldom do watch family films at the cinema that children don’t know when to shut up. The film trailers for family films also tend to be quite irritating so in that regard I recommend you shouldn’t worry too much if you’re late to the cinema. Of course, then again, I’m not the target audience so there we are. Anyway, aside from all of that, if you haven’t already seen it I’d highly recommend that you go and watch Finding Dory with your boyfriend or girlfriend. And! (I almost forgot) also try and watch the short film before Finding Dory: ‘Piper’, which was infinitely better than the preceding family film trailers.