Don’t set your hopes too high.

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Finding Dory tells the story of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

The original film Finding Nemo still remains one of my favourite childhood films, especially one set in my home country of Australia. When Finding Dory was announced, I was excited by suspicious of how well it would actually do. Those who are fans of the original film will definitely be going to see it’s sequel is because it’s out of respect of the memory they had of the original though I’m sure how it would do with an audience more than ten years later.

One film that managed to do so well despite an even longer time span between it’s preceding films was Toy Story 3, which still managed to make any of us cry out of the sheer enjoyment and emotionality the film provided instead of how our childhood memories were disappointed with a sequel. This was apparent with Monsters University that was alright but not cigar and unfortunately this was the same with Finding Dory.

This film felt too long yet so rushed at the same time. It was like they were trying to fit so much into the film as if to attempts to make up for lost time as characters waltzed from one impossibly crazy and unbelievable situation to another. While Nemo was memorable, especially the fish tank moment where we were caught up in the tense moment and hoping that it would work out as well as memorable quotes such as: “Fish are friends not food”; “I touched the butt”; and “Just keep swimming,” there was nothing of the sort for Dory, leaving it as an almost enjoyable disappointment that would be forgotten about in a while.

There was no tension and all the crazy situations the characters found themselves in, you could guarantee that a solution would appear seconds later and everything would be fine. Everything was so charmingly convenient.

Although this film should be given the chance to be seen and the benefit of the doubt when going into the cinema, expectations shouldn’t be set so high as you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Film-O-Meter: 6/10.

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