Although I am one to be typically averse to films re-releasing in 3D, the beauty that was Finding Nemo 3D has become the exception to my rule.
Details are at the forefront of any Pixar film, and the details are even more stunning and noticeable in 3D. From scratches on a pair of diver’s goggles to the serrations on the hundreds of pearly whites in the mouth of Bruce the shark, the plethora of minute details leap from the screen in what was a truly fantastic update to a much-loved classic.
I don’t often feel that seeing a movie one has already seen (upwards of fifty times…) deserves to be re-seen, even in 3D. What makes my opinion about this movie different from others is the fact that this movie truly is a classic, and I don’t throw around that word loosely. From the story and the animation to the powerful messages and spectacular voice cast, this beloved movie had all the makings of a classic right from the start.
The all-star voice cast features Albert Brooks as Marlin, an overprotective clownfish searching for his son, and Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, whose short-term memory blunders both amuse the audience and irritate Marlin.
Marlin braves the deepest, darkest corners of the ocean as he searches for his son, Nemo. His newfound companion Dory attempts to be helpful, but her short term memory causes more harm than good at times. Unbeknownst to the pair, they learn that their friendship brings out the best in both of them, and they each gain something from the others companionship.
Willem Dafoe, Brad Garret, Allison Janney voice Gill, Bloat, and Peach respectively, an array of aquatic creatures who live in the aquarium at the dentist’s office. Their attempts to escape to the ocean are always foiled, but they are convinced that someday it will happen. Nigel the pelican (Geoffrey Rush) often drops by to discuss dental procedures with the aquarium fish. Andrew Stanton and Nicholas Bird round out the voice cast as Crush the sea turtle and the freakishly adorable (I nearly cried he was so freaking cute) baby sea turtle, Squirt.
What was so fun about the screening I attended was getting to see a new generation of kids getting to experience the movie for the first time. If you are an adult and haven’t seen this movie, then give it a shot – if you don’t fall in love with it, your soul should be returned to you (because clearly, you have not a soul). If you’ve seen this movie a thousand times, you will love it even more on the big screen in 3D.
(Also, the Pixar short before the movie, Partysaurus Rex, was a blast and a half – and we get to see all our favorite Toy Story characters again!)
Finding Nemo 3D – 9.5/10