Finding Nemo (2003)



Dave’s 2-Word Review:
Instant Classic

Recently, Pixar has been lacking in its original content; however, the head honchos over at Pixar headquarters are still very aware of their origins and what made them successful to begin with. Because of this, we are starting to see news of future sequels and spinoffs of their successful franchises, such as Planes, the spinoff to Cars, Toy Story 4, and Finding Dory. It’s beyond amazing to hear that these stories are not yet finished, but the problem arises at if it’s really necessary. For example, do they really need another Toy Story? Personally, I think the story has come full circle and feels complete, so there shouldn’t be another one. Now, we are a bit off topic, rewinding a bit leaves us at a review of one of the best Pixar movies ever made, Finding Nemo.

Finding Nemo revolves around, surprise surprise, Nemo (Alexander Gould). Nemo is a young clown fish that goes missing when a fisherman captures him one day on Nemo’s first day of school. His father, Marlin (Albert Brooks), sidesteps his zone of comfort to search for his son. Throughout the film, both Marlin and Nemo meet amazingly colorful and memorable characters that help define the film and they both run into seemingly impossible obstacles in this wild adventure, but their dedication to each other as father and son perseveres and gives them strength to the point where anything is possible.

There are only a precious few Pixar films that scream the Pixar name. One of these films is Toy Story, and another addition to this list is in fact Finding Nemo. You watch the movie and immediately feel a sense of Disney and Pixar. The story was so simple, yet so effective in a way that can entertain people of all ages equally. In a way, there really is something magical about the Disney/Pixar name. It is a mixture of family values, memorable and colorful characters, stunning visuals with brilliant colors, a heartfelt message, and a strong story with unmatched writing.

Most movies have one main conflict, which is usually either man v. man, self, or nature. Finding Nemo consisted of two conflicts. Marlin’s story consisted of man v. nature. His son’s life was in danger, he was matched with Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a fish that can’t remember anything, and he keeps running into problems. All odds were against him. Nemo’s side was also man v. nature, as time ticks away, rolling closer to a demonic child coming to take him away, where he will surely die. Marlin also had man v. self, because he was a paranoid fish that wasn’t open to the idea of change…at all. He didn’t ever want to leave home and worried about everything that Nemo ever did…he went through a complete change of character when his son was in trouble. These stories were separate, but they coincided with each other and complemented each other greatly. There is no side that is better, or more enjoyable to watch…they are equally great.

The visuals in the film were astounding. This is one of the most beautiful Pixar films to date. It’s one of those movies where you can keep the volume low, even mute, and appreciate the visuals. There are colors, there is perfect animation, and there are sceneries that are unbelievable. It is truly a beautiful film. Also, the acting is obviously just voiceovers, but you can feel the emotion in the actors’ voices, and the audience believes in the characters, that their voices belong to everyone in the film. It works splendidly.

It’s a brilliant story, and the character development is among the best character development ever seen in Pixar. You love these characters, even the side characters. It is honestly a great film, but is Finding Dory needed? Many people believe it is, but I don’t. I think it will be better than some of their recent works, but I don’t find myself on the edge of my seat awaiting its release. The character development in this film is astounding, and I would not watch the sequel if Marlin and Nemo aren’t in it. Dory makes a heartfelt speech to Marlin that…in many ways…he completes her, helps her remember things she normally wouldn’t. If he’s not in it, it would be a disappointment.

How do you feel about Finding Dory? Are you pumped? Iffy? Let me know.

10 thoughts on “Finding Nemo (2003)

  1. If I remember correctly, this received a 93 from me. One of my favourite Pixar flicks (I love Monsters, Inc. the most, I’d say). Is this your favourite?

    Nice review, Dave. About Finding Dory… Right now, I’m not thinking: “Holy crap, can it just be November 2015 already?” Mostly because Monsters, University will keep me satisfied (I hope) — but I’ll probably be getting really excited at the end of 2014. I’d love to see where these characters stand today. Is it needed? Nah, maybe not; but I think it will be a fun trip and certainly not a retread. I’m sure Nemo and Marlin will be in it. If they aren’t, that will be a big mistake on Pixar’s part, I’d think. At the least, I’d think cameos… Maybe we’ll see Bruce in one of his “Fish are friends, not food” meetings 😀 LOL.


  2. 97?!?!? Ok!! I can understand that!! I believe that it was a very tad bit slow, but not TOO slow for me to complain about!! I’m PUSHING IT to a… 100%


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