I am always a little apprehensive when I go and see sequels to films that I love, and this was certainly true for Finding Dory. However, I needn’t have worried as this is a very strong sequel that is thoroughly enjoyable, funny and emotional.
It is a year on from Finding Nemo, and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) begins to get flashbacks from her childhood. She decides to go on an adventure to try and find her parents, with Marlon and Nemo’s help, and they end up in a Marine Life Institute, where she finds more friends who are willing to help, including two sea lions (Idris Elba and Dominic West), Hank the octopus (Ed O’Neil) and a beluga whale called Bailey (Ty Burrell).
The animation is absolutely beautiful and the new characters all live up to their predecessors from the first film. There are plenty of laughs throughout and there are some genuinely heartwarming and moving moments. If I were to criticise anything, I would suggest that it is maybe slightly too long, and the ending slightly OTT (I know that might seem ridiculous when the entire film is about a talking fish with short term memory loss!) but this is a lovely film that is definitely worth seeing.