The 2003 Pixar classic Finding Nemo is one of the company’s best films, an enduring fable that was the 2nd highest-grossing animated film of all time when it came out. That it’s taken 13 years for a sequel to be made is somewhat surprising, and while this second instalment doesn’t quite scale the genuinely profound heights of the original, it still manages to recapture much of the same inventive humour, surprisingly thoughtful themes and moments of impressive depth. It’s also stunningly animated, displaying a use of colour palette and composition that’s downright masterful in its finest moments.

Pixar are at their best when dealing with serious real-world issues through a lens of anthropomorphism and bounding, hopeful positivity, and what they essentially tackle here is a main character with a┬ámemory affliction, played for laughs in the previous film but now explored in terms of the loneliness such a condition can induce. As a result, they end up doing what they (almost) always do so well – they make their audience feel something as well as having a giggle and marvelling at their visuals. It’s this commitment to emotional intelligence as much as crowd-pleasing entertainment that makes even their more familiar work a joy to behold.

FINDING DORY
A similar blend of intelligent humour, fine storytelling and emotional content to Finding Nemo8
Still not really as brilliant as its predecessor though6
Perhaps a little over-familiar in terms of its characters and content7
A persistent running thread of finding warmth and humanity amidst painful moments9
Even when Pixar are a little below their best, they're still exemplary filmmakers8
Bechdel Test passes
  • Features more than one named female character
  • The named female characters talk to each other
  • They talk about something other than men
Bechdel test failures
  • n/a
8Overall Score

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