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Finding Dory (2016) Film Review | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 39

Finding Dory is the sequel to the classic Finding Nemo, and follows the titular blue tang (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) as she tries to find her long-lost family. Along the way, she’s accompanied by Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence), as well as new characters such as the octopus Hank (Ed O’Neill) and the near-sighted whale Destiny (Kaitlin Olson).

This is a gorgeous film, as per usual with Disney/Pixar movies. The ocean looks magnificently lush and incredible, and the suburban areas feel like places you would see in real life. The characters are the stand outs, though. Each has their own characteristics and unique, defining qualities.

The story does sometimes feel like a retread of Finding Nemo, but usually when that sense of deja vu hits, a new element is introduced to differentiate the films and help Dory stand on its own. Also, yes, you’ll probably get a little teary-eyed while watching this movie (unless you have a pitch-black heart).

A beautiful, family-friendly follow up film that also stands on its own, Finding Dory is a treat. It does sometimes feel like a retread of already plotted ground, but the outstanding vocal performances and lush visuals help ease that nitpick.

Verdict: 4/5

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