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Finding Dory Review (2016) | Adorable, Profound and Humorous

A-DOR-able! Finding Dory is as extraordinary as its predecessor in terms of drama, CGI and humour. What it also is, like every other movie in the Pixar universe, an edutainment bandwagon that keeps steering towards the thoughtful learning curve.

Even after more than a decade Pixar manages to bring back the panache of the first. The movie has Dory written all over it, with the heart-melting cuteness of young Dory voiced endearingly by Sloane Murray. Pixar does occasional visits to depict glimpses from the past which gives us plenty of baby Dory to enjoy. Also, it is thoroughly entertaining and packs in humour galore.

still of baby dory in finding dory movie

WHAT IF I FORGET?

There is something about the notion of forgetting, which is profusely poetic. Amnesiac Dory’s inclusion, that started for mere fun in the Nemo franchise, ended up getting a profound treatment, and Pixar has a knack to identify the fervent. There is no doubt humour lurking in things that grind out from someone’s mishap, but to truly live the horror of the fallen is what makes you empathize. Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane milks this very fact with an unrivalled flair as they leave us swimming in the shoes…er…fins of Dory, when her life seems like a lost affair.

THE SHORT MOVIE PIPER

Before we even get on the Finding Dory joyride, we are allowed to feast on a beautiful Pixar short called Piper. The short gorgeously helmed by Alan Barillaro is a visual feat that cashes in on a baby Sandpiper’s life.

still of Piper short by Pixar before Finding Dory movie

There is so much education holed up in those ephemeral 6 minutes that you cannot thank Alan enough to have thought something so winning. I wouldn’t spoil it for ya! Go ahead and watch. You will know!

FINDING DORY SPOILERS SWIMMING AHEAD

Finding Dory’s most powerful moment is when she realizes that her parents could be dead all this time. Also when she percolates out alone with her thoughts, totally clueless of where should she go. It has an element of dark to it, very shattering as she ends up being masticated by dismay. The music touches the melancholic chords there. But just then the reunion happens, and it will fill you up with tears of joy.

still of hank and dory in finding dory movie

The whole team of Dory, starting with Hank, Bailey (watch him use his echolocation skills) and Destiny voiced brilliantly by Ed O’ Neill, Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson are all endearing additions to the franchise. They complete the tale helping her out to achieve what she set out for in the first place.

LACKING THE THRILL OF FINDING NEMO

Searching hard for the downside of Finding Dory, we don’t get to see both sides of the coin like we did in the previous installment, so it was harder to relate to what her parents were going through all this time.

Au contraire, in Finding Nemo we were constantly grinding in the distress of a father who had just lost his child. It was adventurous as there were unexplored corners of the ocean, and a whole new enclave to look forward to. Sadly, here everything seems convoluted in one place.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Finding Dory is constantly flinging at us the importance of saving the ocean life, rehabilitating the weaker species and helping them out in dire situations. It is a lesson to those who don’t care.

A beautiful, beautiful movie!

Check out the trailer of Finding Dory here:

The Good Dinosaur Review (2015)

“You are me, and more.”

The Good Dinosaur is an endearing speculation on a winsome possibility.

Disney and Pixar have been bringing the inanimate alive ever since they showed up in the animation arena. Their powerful CGI, splendid landscapes, heartwarming music, top-notch touching plots that complement their melting frames can hardly go unnoticed. It is as if you can feel the reality paint the big screen with their gorgeous animation. The Good Dinosaur is no different except you wish there was more to the story.

Even before the movie begins, we feast on a lovely short called “Sanjay’s Super Team”. It glorifies a subdued Indian animator Sanjay Patel which was a first in the animation world. The story of the short rotates around his childhood shenanigans with a mythical backdrop to it. The gist of the tale is captivating and you almost begin to wonder if children should ever be deprived of a fantastical world they live in.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

The Good Dinosaur score slithers in the background with a brilliant fusion that is downright riveting. The movie begins with the genius of an Apatosaurus family, keeping in mind the what-if-the-meteor-had-never-hit-us circumstance and focuses on how they are trying to earn their livelihood whilst attempting to leave their marks by being good at things.

Arlo is the most relatable creature, a protagonist trying to overcome his fears, whilst endeavouring to leave his mark too. A tragedy befalls him, a shattering one that breaks him to pieces, and flings his life into chaos. He meets an accident, gets lost amidst all the confusion and ends up in a foreign land. About the same time he meets one of the most adorable creatures, Spot, who is like a rabid-human who has lost his family and is wandering at large. Arlo befriends him in a quest to reach home and find his mark doing good to his friend.

The first thing that blows your mind away almost instantly is the level of imagination the creators have. Then you perceive how much work they have put into making their fantasy a reality. The level of details they incorporate whilst making a movie is really commendable. You can see every droplet move, crops dance, animals react and watch water come alive. They make the inanimate breathe, which is simply out of the world. True creators they are!

If you look at the plot, there is really not much to it. The movie being about the dino-era finds similar species to keep you entertained. Story and sub-plots seem to have been built deliberately and almost seem clichéd. The cute, snappy and slapstick humour of the flick however will constantly engage you in fits of laughter. Arlo and Spot are just adorable.

The movie like every other Pixar movie is a lesson per se with brilliant thoughtful liners that escape from the mouths of different creatures. Screenplay is well written, at times however you wish there was more substance to it.

A delightful movie about a thoughtful wonderful what-if!