MOVIE REVIEW: Finding
Fun-loving fin film
Starring the voices of: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres,
Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe
Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
By Anthony Turow
With its striking animation, Finding Nemo is arguably one of
the most visually stunning films to unspool at your nearby multiplex in
recent years. Each frame is filled with such detail that watching it almost
becomes a playful challenge and the idea of missing something is frightening.
The plot revolves around a young clownfish named Nemo (voiced by Alexander
Gould) who is snatched by a scuba diver and ends up in a dentist's aquarium.
This leads his overly cautious and neurotic father, perfectly voiced by
Albert Brooks, to the rescue.
Nemo is typical of a Disney romp in that a character ventures
towards a journey of discovery, but the execution is fast, funny and innovative.
Expectations are constantly foiled and the film never lags.
the sharks' twelve-step empowerment meetings to end their meat-eating
habits, to finding out the true meaning of a seagull's cry, the film delights
in the refreshing element of surprise. Perhaps the most ingenious scheme
of all occurs when the fish escape the aquarium it will make you
think twice the next time you tap on the tank.
The voice acting is also splendid and the actors have seemingly been chosen
based on ability and not merely because they were the highest profile
celebrities drawn to the project.
Ellen DeGeneres surprises in her portrayal of Dory, a fish who suffers
from short-term memory loss. With her considerable comedic talents, she
reminds the audience she can give a winning performance.
is also wonderful, applying his neurotic shtick to the role of Nemo's
doting father, Marlin. Brooks' trademark whine ensures the proceedings
won't get overly sentimental.
The writer-director, Andrew Stanton, provides the most hilarious voice-over.
He portrays Crush the sea turtle as a stoned, Zen-like surfer dude and
it is yet another highlight in a film full of fun.
Despite its stigma of being labeled a "kid's movie," Nemo
will likely enthrall audiences of all ages. Without question, the film
has far more entertainment value than the big noisy blockbusters of this
summer movie season and Nemo is far more intelligent.