It is hard to believe that it has been 13 years since Finding Nemo came out. The long awaited sequel, Finding Dory, is a good way to spend 98 minutes of your life, about 6 of which will be spent watching the animated credits at the end of the movie.
The movie is preceded by the Pixar short Piper, which is about a baby bird who overcomes her fear. As far as Pixar animation is concerned, this short film feels understated, but in a cute and charming way. This is also how the ending of Finding Dory feels. I expected a big emotional ending, but instead the movie finishes on a quiet moment. It didn't feel right, but that is okay since the rest of the movie is a wild ride. Finding Dory is essentially an action film with touches of sentimentality and humor.
I thought that the movie stretched believably more than the first film did. Finding Dory exists in a universe where fish can read signs at Sea World, where predators are friends with their potential prey, where fish take more than a year to grow up and apparently can live for years, where an octopus can drive a truck, and where echolocation works better than X-rays. In addition, we already know from Finding Nemo that the fish can talk to each other.
Some have stated that Finding Dory is a sequel better than the original, but I am unsure about that. I will have to watch Finding Nemo again to compare them. I thought that the sequel could have been a little more sentimental, because most of the emphasis is on action.
Rating: * * * 1/2