Thirteen years after FINDING NEMO/’03, an unnecessary sequel. This one finally builds up a head of steam in its last act, with a series of action set pieces around a marine conservation facility, but too much of the film is less fish story than technical exercise for the PIXAR underwater CGI department. (Same holds for PIPER, the Oscar’d short included on the DVD as an Extra.) Worse, the incessant heart-tugging grows annoyingly repetitious, like Dory’s short-term memory loss. Worse, the incessant heart-tugging grows annoyingly repetitious, like Dory’s short-term memory loss. Perhaps Dory the Blue Tang fish just works better as sidekick rather than lead.
SCREWY THOUGHT OF THE DAY: At times, the film seems divided against itself as oceanic naturalism stops the more cartoony elements from paying off in laughs or drama. PIXAR digitally painting themselves into a corner.
DOUBLE-BILL: And for the adults: short-term memory loss is also the driving force in Christopher Nolan’s breakthru pic, MEMENTO/’00.