However by a quirk of fate a long hidden memory jogs itself loose in Dory’s mind and she begins to recall details of her parents. The realisation that she lost them, probably due to her condition, and has forgotten them so easily proves quite the shock and Dory is soon determined to piece together every detail she can remember and find her family.
In fact, once the story got underway they pretty much stop playing Dory’s memory loss as comedy fodder and treat it as the traumatic disability it so clearly is. It really is the driving force of this movie, not just a plot device, and it’s handled very seriously. To the point you might even start feeling bad for laughing at it in the first place you monster! I’m kidding, it’s still kind of funny.
On the negative it’s not as tight as the original, some of it feels a little needlessly rambling and the new characters perhaps aren’t as well rounded and interesting as say the shark support group or the dental offices fish tank inmates from the first movie. That being said the finale is perhaps an even bigger emotional experience than the original even though the build up might be a little slow to really hook you.
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