Bottom line: A rare match to its predecessor, Finding Dory is full of heart and humor following the journey of a forgetful (yet endearing) fish.
When it comes to Disney/Pixar sequels, rarely ever do they match the quality of its predecessor. Finding Dory surprisingly does – keeping the heart, perseverance, courage, and more of the previous film. The film manages to keep the characteristics we all know (and love) from the first film and even introduce new characters that the audience can enjoy. My personal favorite has to be Gerald, although many of the sea creatures we met (+ Becky) were great in their own way. Not to mention the actors who voiced all these new characters – each worked great in their role. Finding Dory adds the necessary humor in the right places and despite following a forgetful protagonist, the film is entertaining to watch. I found the similarity between Nemo and Dory’s struggle in childhood a nice comparison – and that baby Dory is the cutest thing ever. One of my favorite things about this (and the previous film) is the talk on physical and mental challenges represented – the films show that despite these challenges it is possible to achieve what you dream. I think that’s important for so many people (not just kids) to have this in a movie – to just keep swimming.
Overall, this movie is worth the money and time and is arguably one of the better sequels in Disney/Pixar. Hopefully in the future they continue to keep this quality as it serves as a great example of what is possible.
IMDb: 7.9/10 (users)
Rotten Tomatoes: 95% (critics) 89% (users)
Critics Consensus: Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, Finding Dory delivers a beautifully animated adventure that adds another entertaining chapter to its predecessor’s classic story.