Finding Dory is the long awaited sequel to the family favorite, Finding Nemo. Unfortunately for Dory, this sequel does not live up to its predecessor. Considering that we have been waiting around 14 years for this film, I would have expected the story to be a lot better. instead, it felt rushed, un-researched and less emotional.

The premise for the film is simple; Dory, Nemo and Marlon go on an adventure to find Dory’s family.

While this premise is nice and simple, it is also kind of boring. I mean, it’s great that Dory is trying to find her family, but the way the story goes, it seems unbelievable.

I mean, I know in the first one it was unbelievable that a pelican wouldn’t eat a fish whilst it traveled in its beak, but it at least felt entirely possible.

In this film, the creators have attempted to create similar situations, yet fall short of making it feel real. In fact, more often than not, I often thought the film was being rather discriminating. I’m not sure if this was to go with the theme of Dory’s mental illness or not, but it sometimes felt uncomfortable watching the film. Most of the characters that were the butt of the joke were crazy, wild people with varying disorders or were treated as outsiders for no seemingly good reason. Again, not sure if this was deliberate or if I just wasn’t getting it or not but whatever.

That doesn’t mean the film wasn’t a complete write-off. There are moments of laughter and some good dialogue, so the film has some entertainment value, just not enough to be on the same level as the first. As is often the case with sequels.

I give it a 2.5 out of 5.

Watch if you liked Finding Nemo, Cars, Toy Story, or anything Pixar related.

Watch the trailer here