It’s a Saturday afternoon and we walk into the cinema, which is not as crowded as it usually is at night. We grab our tickets and I realise I forgot my IMAX glasses. I ask the girl if I can have a pair and she asks me which film I’m seeing. “Finding Dory,” I say without a moment of hesitation.
We picked the original version of course. That’s the good thing about our film industry here. It is so small that not all films have a voice over and even the films that do are watchable in the original version. And we’re not alone in this. The entire room is filled with people over the age of twenty, apart from two kids who are English. “But isn’t it a kids film?” Maybe. But I was a kid when Finding Nemo came out and I still appreciate all these great animation films.
I had high expectations for Finding Dory especially considering the trailer looked amazing and well, Finding Nemo was amazing as well. Dory was definitely my favourite character in the original film (apart from the Seagulls. Mine?). I guess it’s because she embodies innocence and positivity despite the fact that she remembers nothing.
So is Finding Dory worth it? Definitely. It is refreshing to watch a film with no violence or romance for a change. The plot is simple, Dory remembers that she’s lost her family and she sets out to look for them with the help of Marvin and Nemo and other friends. And even though at times the film was kind of sad, the majority of it was filled with positivity and hope. When I left the cinema, I truly felt happy. I think more films should make you feel like that. It just felt great to be back under the sea with these hilarious characters. Even my dear seagulls made a very small comeback. The film is visually stunning and while the plot is slightly predictable, that doesn’t matter. The amazing cast and the great jokes make up for that.
There were many times during the film that I laughed out loud or chuckled at the jokes. Especially the sea lions were hilarious. I think Gerald should get his own feature film. You will know why when you watched the film.
If you are over twenty and want to relive your childhood, Finding Dory is a film for you. When you are younger and just want to see a happy go lucky film that will make you feel good, Finding Dory is for you. This is one of those rare films that people from all ages will love. So if you get the chance, go see it.