Saturday, July 2, 2016

Movie Review: Finding Nemo

One of Pixar's original successes was the fish adventure, Finding Nemo. The story follows Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) a clownfish who has developed a great fear of the open ocean after his wife and all of his eggs are destroyed by a barracuda, except one, Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould). The story picks up on Nemo's first day of school. He has a small fin due to the accident at his birth. Marlin is anxious about letting his son go but stunts his growth and prevents him from having experiences.

Nemo grows frustrated with his overprotective parent and swims out to touch a boat, hilariously referred to by the other young fish as a butt. Nemo is captured by a scuba-diving dentist and whisked away to Sydney, Australia. Distraught, Marlin sets out to find his son. He encounters Dory (voiced by Ellen Degeneres), a blue tang with short-term memory loss. 

Dory is hilarious and her memory problems lead her to question why Marlin is following her closely after she tells him she knows where the boat went. The two fish eventually join forces after they survive the support group for sharks trying to no longer eat fish. From there, they swim through the ocean encountering sea turtles, jellyfish, whales, and more.

Meanwhile, Nemo has his coming of age in the dentist's fish tank. Under the guidance of Gill (voiced by Willem Dafoe), Nemo attempts a dangerous escape before he is given as a gift to Darla, the dentists wild niece. The story has plenty of adventures, I personally like the tubular sea turtles swimming the current and the mindless seagulls that constantly chant "mine".

Finding Nemo was a great addition to the Pixar brand with a heartfelt story and awe-inspiring. The movie was successful enough to inspire the sequel, Finding Dory, thirteen years later. I hope to see the sequel soon. 

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