The sequel to one of the most classic family movies, takes off with diving into more depth of the character Dory. Marlin’s companion from the first installment has short-term memory loss which is where the story takes off. Providing background into her past and where she came from. This time they take it farther from Sydney, Australia and instead to California which is on the other side of the ocean.
The whole movie takes off from the roots of Dory’s past and shows flashbacks to her parents and her as a child. In this second installment, Dory takes off with Marlin and Nemo to find the bits and pieces to figuring out where she came from and overall where her parents could be. She meets new friends, visits a new landscape, and discovers that with this flaw of not remembering, it will all eventually come back to her.
There were many conflicts within this movie that tend to frustrate, but have the viewer root in on the characters. When Dory is so close to finding a solution or thinking that she has found her way, there is always an obstacle that either holds her back or makes her stronger. For example, when wishing to find her parents she finds her way to the Open Ocean exhibit with the help of her octopus friend Hank. She gets there only to find out that they aren’t there and ends up in Quarantine. Only when this happens, she finds out her parents aren’t even there at all. It seems as though the whole trip was pointless, that is until she finds the resolution to her first conflict and much more problems with good outcomes added on.
I really enjoyed this movie and the humor that was dashed along with it. This was interesting to see now that I was older when I had seen the first movie at such a young age. It really tethers and fills in the plot holes the previous one had before. Not only does it go into more detail on Dory’s past, but it also shows the importance of finding yourself and the friendship between Dory, Marlin, and even Nemo. This movie shows that if you try hard no matter your defects, you can achieve much more than you put your mind to. I recommend this for audiences of all ages, as it is neither immature or mature. With old characters and new, it will hold your attention till the very end.
By Jaidyn Tibeau