Posted Jul 28 2016
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Finding Dory - This Movie Deep Blue Rocks

Dir: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Ed O'Neil, Eugene Levy, Sigourney Weaver, Diane Keaton

So, is Dory the Jason Bourne of the Pixar universe? Think about it – big on amnesia, and here, awash with troubling flashbacks of her early life and parents that are slowly coming into focus. (Admittedly, she lacks in the ruthless killer department…)

It’s becoming something of a yearly event, and something of a cliché (though always a pleasure, never a chore) to pronounce the latest Pixar as the finest animated film of the year. But it’s a definite truism. (We’re giving The Good Dinosaur a swerve as they did drop Inside Out only a few months before.)

Its thirteen years later in our time, but only one year after the events of Finding Nero in Dory’s time line – not that she’d remember. And, with said flashbacks occurring, she sets off to find her parents. Marlin and Nemo decide to follow.

And that’s the set up really.

Simple, as Pixar like to keep it, always ensuring that God is in the details. New characters are introduced – Ed O’Neill’s brilliant escaping octopus Hank, and Idris Elba and Dominic West’s scene stealing sea lion double act. Sigourney Weaver is used to fab effect, and there’s a Louis Armstrong moment to die for. And along the way you have animation so good that you stop thinking about it, story telling as only this studio knows how to consistently pull off, and, as we’ve come to expect, moments that shift your gears from laughter to tears in a (genuinely felt) heartbeat.

Hell, it’s a Pixar film – what more do you need to know?(Except make sure you’re there in time for the accompanying short, Piper.)

It’s not Inside Out (but what is?) but it is a genuine delight. As ever.

Set of four Finding Dory posters

 

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