Tanks for the mem­ory

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

PIXAR has had 13 years to fig­ure out a way to re­cap­ture the light­ning in a bot­tle magic that they cre­ated with the marine-themed Find­ing Nemo.

It has given its best shot with a Dory-driven story.

A year af­ter the events in 2003’s Find­ing Nemo, the mem­ory of adorable, for­get­ful blue tang fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is trig­gered.

She be­gins to re­mem­ber snip­pets of her child­hood and her par­ents Jenny (Diane Keaton) and Charlie (Eu­gene Levy) be­fore she was sep­a­rated from them.

Des­per­ate to find them, re­con­nect and have a fam­ily to call her own, she sets out to find them with friends Mar­lin (Al­bert Brooks) and Nemo (Hay­den Ro­lence).

Their jour­ney takes them to the Marine Life In­sti­tute, a place where res­cued sick fish are taken for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, where they meet an ar­ray of colour­ful marine life.

Mak­ing Dory the main pro­tag­o­nist has its pros and cons – she is un­doubt­edly the most in­ter­est­ing and lov­able charac- ter, yet a full film solely about her for­get­ful­ness is stretch­ing things.

The re­peated joke wears thin.

Much has been made of the Pixar de­but of a les­bian cou­ple, which turns out to be a dis­ap­point­ingly fleet­ing ‘blink and you will miss it’ ap­pear­ance, but more should be made about the non­sen­si­cal guest ap­pear­ance by Sigour­ney Weaver as her­self.

I am all for a Weaver come­back but this left-field cameo is bizarre.

One could come away from this un­der­wa­ter ad­ven­ture hav­ing en­joyed it but not be­ing nec­es­sar­ily en­thu­si­as­tic about it.

Like Dory, one could forget all about it fairly quickly.

Hank and Dory.

With Ju­lian Wright

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