I recently enjoyed the opportunity to preview Disney Pixar's latest animated feature film, Finding Dory. I brought with me my 7 year old daughter who was very excited to see the sequel to Finding Nemo. As we waited for the movie to begin, we mused about what the plot would be. Would Dory get lost like Nemo? Would the focus be on Dory's search or her own family? As it turns out, it was a little of both!
The preview was in 3D, which I was't thrilled about at first because my eyes have a hard time adjusting. Luckily, I was just fine by the end of the adorable short film that preceded the feature film. Finding Dory began with some flashbacks to Dory's young-fishhood with her parents, but the bulk of the movie took place in the present and included Marlin and Nemo as main characters and other Finding Nemo favorites, such as Crush and Mr. Ray, in smaller roles. Many new characters were also introduced. While the movie was entertaining, cute and humorous at times, it wasn't extremely funny. Overall, I found the plot to be a little too basic-- like a long game of hide and seek. I don't think I'd rush out to buy it, but it's definitely a heartwarming tale worthy of watching this summer.
My daughter enjoyed the film, but said she liked it slightly less than Finding Nemo. She enjoyed learning more about where Dory came from and also the ending. There was one brief chase scene she found to be a bit scary (similar to the shark chase in Nemo). Other than that, she liked the film and said she would watch it again.
I think the animation was one of best parts of Finding Dory. It was very vivid, and I'm glad I saw in in 3D after all since there were some really neat affects. I'd definitely recommend seeing it on the big screen or on BluRay, so you can fully appreciate it.
By Guest Contributor: Brandy