Dory, Nemo, and Marlin return with a new purpose of finding Dory's family. Considering how hard it must be to make a movie revolving around a character with short term memory loss, Pixar balances the character's disability with a lot of side stories. At first, I worried that the short term memory issue would be overplayed and eventually annoying. If this were so, the movie would probably have fallen into my own short term memory. Yet, this movie is one that I will remember for quite a while (at least until the next Pixar film). Look out for my ranked listing of Pixar films coming at you soon!
I love the story line, but I was surprised by the amount of false endings. The movie swims forward for quite a while adding new obstacles for the characters to overcome. There were just one or two obstacles that were unnecessary in my opinion, but the audience still seemed entertained by the story. If the story were just a bit more refined, this movie would be extremely close to being my favorite Pixar film.
An applause must also be given to the spectacular voice actors that contributed to the film. Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show), Albert Brooks (Drive, Taxi Driver), Ed O'Neill (Married with Children), Kaitlin Olson (Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Hayden Rolence (Cicero in Winter), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), and so many more create characters that are relatable and odd. All of these voice actors add diversity to the characters, which seems to be the route that animation is finally journeying down. These characters with different disabilities are treated with respect and treat others with respect. This movie still avoids preaching to the youth, but displays the idea of living in harmony with others. No matter what somebody else's life is like, you can still make an effort to get to know them and be surprised by their accomplishments and skills. This is easy to forget in a world that is being targeted by hate.
The Bottom Line: Its another family-friendly Pixar film full of fun and familiar faces! (How's that for some good ol' alliteration?)
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