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Finding Dory

Finding Dory

Finding Dory is the much-loved sequel to the 2003 film Finding Nemo. Narrated in a heart-wrenching sequence, it follows the life of a blue-tang, Dory in search of her parents. The film’s epic quality lies in its detailing of the odyssey and in Dory’s heroic zeal throughout the course of action.

One year after meeting Marlin and Nemo, Dory is happily staying with them on the reef. One day, she has a flashback; she remembers her parents living on the Jewel of Morro Bay, California. Thus, begins an underwater quest for finding the lost loved ones. Marlin and Nemo accompany Dory along with Crush, a sea turtle who is also their friend. Together they ride the current to California. When they arrive there, they explore a wrecked ship full of lost cargo materials. There, a giant squid is accidentally awakened by Dory. The squid almost devours little Nemo, but they somehow manage to escape its clutches by getting it trapped in a large sea container. Marlin scolds Dory for putting them in a dangerous situation and an upset Dory swims to the surface where she is captured in the net by the staff members of the nearby Marine Life Institute.

Dory is placed along with the rest of the captured marine animals and is tagged. There she meets a fellow trapped creature- Hank the octopus. Dory’s tag states that she would be kept in an aquarium in Cleveland. So, she exchanges it with that of Hank which is for the ocean and Hank is petrified of being released into the ocean. Also, Dory meets other trapped creatures there such as Destiny, her childhood friend, a near-sighted whale shark. Dory and Destiny used to communicate through pipes and Beluga, a whale who mistakenly believes that it has lost its ability to echolocate.

Dory also has flashbacks of her previous life with her parents, but she struggles to remember the details. Finally, from the remnants of her memory, she remembers that she got separated from her parents when a strong ocean current blew them away.

Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo set out to rescue Dory from the Marine Life institute. Two sea lions named Fluke and Rudder and a loon named Becky help them get into the institute through the pipeline system. There, they are informed by the other blue tangs that Dory’s parents ventured out to seek their daughter a long time ago and never returned only to let their daughter believe that they have died. Hank then accidentally drops Dory into the drain, flushing her out into the ocean. There she sees similar shells to the ones from her flashbacks. She follows the trail of shells and to her utter surprise sees her parents Charlie and Jessie standing at a distance. They tell her that they had spent years waiting for Dory to follow these shells and to find her way back home.

Then Marlin, Nemo and Dory rescue all the other trapped creatures who are being transported by a truck. These friends hijack the truck and crash it to the sea to free all the trapped sea animals. Dory, her parents, Marlin and Nemo then return happily to the reef.

The film is very watchable and there is an inherent sense of magic in its plotline which enamours the viewers. There is never a dull moment in the movie. In fact, it can be described akin to its titular character: kind, cheerful, optimistic, sometimes anxious bordering frenzied but never ever boring. Even through the imperfections of recollection, the film’s upliftment of innate goodness shines through in each and every frame and is noteworthy.

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