I’ve come to realize I LOVE children’s movies. I must admit, before I had my daughter I would never walk into a theatre to watch a kids movie on a weekend. Now, after having watched a series of refreshingly beautiful movies such as Zootropolis, The Jungle Book and most lately, Finding Dory, my stance has changed and how!
Finding Dory was our latest ‘Friday morning’ escapade. Being a Ramadan weekend, I had thought the theatres would be empty and tickets easily available. It seems, I was mistaken. Such is the popularity of the movie that we had to book way in advance in order to get some decent seating for our tiny family of 3. It’s a different thing that after sitting through this 105 minute spectacle, it was evident why.
Finding Dory is an earnest and heartfelt extension of Finding Nemo. While some critics opine they’ve tried a little too hard with this 13-years too-late a sequel, most of them agree that Disney-Pixar has a done a smashing job yet again. As far as I’m concerned, they have a fan in me. And here’s my top reasons why you should catch this movie asap.
The fact that the sequel is 13 years late actually works for all age groups. Being a kiddie movie, it appeals to the younger ones naturally while the older ones (who’ve grown up watching Finding Nemo) are compelled to know what comes next?
With its bulging, blue eyes and cute little voice, Dory takes you on an unknown adventure while imparting valuable lessons along the way. The film is filled with several teachable moments – dealing with disabilities, importance of risk-taking, love of family & the true power of friendship.
The sequel introduces some brand new characters, with Hank the octopus being the most remarkable of them all. He’s actually a septopus with ‘3 hearts’ that converts into a very-believable potted plant and a truck-driver with equal ease and oodles of charm in different parts of the movie.
If reports are to be believed, conceptualizing Hank as someone who could fit into small spaces, change its shape and basically do anything that the script demanded was the ‘hardest’ thing Pixar has ever done. For the sake of Hank alone, just watch the movie!
Disney movies are known for their astonishing visuals and Finding Dory is no different. It comes as no surprise then that the 105 minutes of underwater experience is not only brilliant but way more improvised than its prequel.
There are parts in the movie that make you smile, feel all warm and fuzzy inside, laugh out loud and even shed a tear or two. It is this rollercoaster of emotions that make the film completely endearing, one that you think about long after you’ve left the theatres.
If you’ve liked reading this, you’ll probably enjoy my take on The Jungle Book as well.