I re-read my original review of Finding Nemo. Back in 2004, I wasn't that impressed. We all have days like that.
You know, the kind when where no matter what you see, hear or do, you're not happy. That must've been me.
Anyway, I've had a change of heart. I found the 3D version of Finding Nemo fabulous. Maybe the extra dimension improved my two-dimensional view of what is definitely a three-dimensional story filled with multi-dimensional characters.
Actually, as much fun as it is, I'd probably like it better now in plain old 2D.
Most of you know the story. Nemo is a young clown fish with a physical deformity. Upset with his overprotective dad, Nemo gets rebellious, goes where he ought not and is grabbed by a diver. The diver is a dentist from Sydney, Australia. He takes the young fish to a fish tank in his office. Poor Nemo is doomed as the next pet for the dentist's sadist niece Darla.
Fish die in Darla's hands.
Nemo's fussy father, Marlin, lost his wife and all their eggs but Nemo to a vicious eel. He's now scared to death of the unfamiliar and the other creatures in the ocean. Faced with the possibility of never seeing his young, innocent son again, Marlin amasses the courage to brave the dangers of the open ocean and sets out to find the boy.
He gets help from Dory, a ditzy blue tang with short-term memory loss. They're aided by a cadre of cute, cuddly and and not-so-cute and cuddly sea creatures put in the plot to accent humor, danger and adventure.
Adding to the fun is inspired voice casting. Albert Brooks has made a career as a worry wart. Marlin is properly paranoid and totally obsessive. Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres click. As good as he is, DeGeneres is the one who steals the movie. Dory is a hoot. Much of the humor inserted by DeGeneres is no-doubt ad-libbed and will have you howling.
Former Cheers postman John Ratzenberger is in every Disney and Pixar animated feature. It's always fun trying to spot him. He is just one name in an excellent supporting cast that includes Willem DaFoe, Austin Pendleton, Allison Janney, Stephen Root, Geoffrey Rush, Elizabeth Perkins and Eric Bana.
If you're fishing for fun in a ocean of movie mediocrity, grab the kids or the grandkids, fork out a few extra bucks and see this one in three-dimensions. Co-directors Andrew Stanton -- who co-wrote the script -- and Lee Unkrich splash the screen with the brilliant colors and hues of the main characters and sea creatures they encounter.
And this time it's in three-dimensions.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafore, Allison Janney, Stephen Root, Austin Pendleton, Geoffrey Rush, Elizabeth Perkins, Eric Bana, John Ratzenberger
Rated PG for some mature themes. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.