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FINDING DORY

SYNOPSIS: Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the forgetful blue tang fish has been looking for her parents ever since she got lost as a baby. Together with her friends Nemo (Haden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks), Dory sets out to find them, trying hard all the while to remember what she has forgotten.

Review by Louise Keller:
It's bright and colourful with a throng of ultra cute marine characters but the film is a pale imitation of its precursor Finding Nemo, never replicating its magic or touching our heartstrings. The ocean floor once again is a wonderland of colour, and there are some lovely ideas and nicely executed sequences. The fact that I did not fall in love with Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the cobalt blue yellow and black fish with a memory problem, perhaps accounts for the fact that I did not care much for her fate. Her short-term memory loss becomes tedious very quickly and the film plays too long, and takes too long to get where it is going. There is a lot of shouting. Nonetheless, youngsters will enjoy the happy environment, the bright colours and simple lines of the animation, although parents - like me - may be disappointed.

In the opening sequence we meet baby Dory with her parents, establishing the fact that she forgets what she is told or what happens seconds after the event. The gag wears thin. There is too much repetition after Dory finds herself alone and begins her quest to reunite with her parents. Things improve when we hear the celestial voice of Sigourney Weaver (in an amusing and novel idea), alerting us that all the fish and marine life are in fact, in a marine institute, whose mantra is to 'Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release'.

Highlights include the sequences involving Dory and Hank (Ed O'Neill), a gregarious orange octopus with chameleon qualities, allowing him to hilariously blend with his environment. He morphs into unlikely things like a tabby cat, a prickly plant and a yellow handrail. Watching Hank carrying a bucket of water housing Dory is precarious and unpredictable while the scene in which Hank drives a truck is highly imaginative. I chuckled at the two sea lions that are territorial about their rock in the Marine facility and Becky, the eccentric black and white bird with bright red eyes and a slightly disturbed personality, generates some laughs. Other characters include Destiny, the near-sighted whale shark and of course Dory's friends, Nemo (Haden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks), who help her to try to remember specific things from the past that will help find her parents. All this, before a madcap chase and a fun finale. What a shame the search doesn't result in an emotional connection.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

FINDING DORY (G)
(US, 2016

VOICES: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton, Bill Hader, Dominic West

PRODUCER: Lindsey Collins

DIRECTOR: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

SCRIPT: Andrew Stanton (story by Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse, Bob Peterson)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jeremy Lasky

EDITOR: Axel Geddes

MUSIC: Thomas Newman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Steve Pilcher

RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 16, 2016







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