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Written by Firdaus Abdullah

Just like The Incredibles, it took more than a decade for Pixar to make a comeback with this sequel of Finding Nemo, which for me, was worth waiting 13 years for.  But, just in case you had already forgotten how good Finding Nemo was, let me refresh your memory. This fishy sequel was awashed with emotions and profoundly immersed with natural comedy and a great number of bright spots that will definitely catch the attention of the audience, Finding Dory has similar takes as Finding Nemo but with a different spin this time. The main characters include the kooky, googly-eyed creature Dory (Ellen Degeneres), Marlin, the constantly nervous clownfish (Brooks), and his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence).

I must say, the animators of this sequel had a bit of fun creating exciting new characters like Hank the Octopus voiced by Ed O’Neill who has chameleon-like powers, as well as sea lions, wacky birds, beluga whales and lots of other fish. As some of you might recall, Dory suffers from chronic short-term memory loss (which also affects most of university students during exams). Other than her name and the fact that she is separated from her parents, Dory cannot remember what it was that she forgot a moment ago. However, things are about to change as she gets bonked on the head and starts seeing flashes of her past.

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One clue, a flashback that shows her a Sea World-like institution in California, eventually brings back a tremendous flood of memories of her parents. Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find her family, this time with the help of Nemo and Marlin. She also receives help from cranky Hank who depicts another dramatic yet emotional character that progressively catches your heart along the way. Dory’s intuition leads her to a touching family reunion after saving her mom and dad from captivity. However, Nemo worries that Dory’s reunion with her family will separate him from her after they’ve become a family themselves throughout the years.

The movie speaks about self-empowerment and the need to believe in yourself and what can happen when we tap into the true potential that lies inside of us and makes each of us different.

Similar in concept to Finding Nemo but with a different twist and take on characters, Finding Dory is an immersive one hour forty-five minutes underwater adventure that is simply breathtaking. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s explore the sequel, ‘”Finding Dory” while going down memory lane and remembering the popular adventure of Finding Nemo -unless you are amnesic like Dory.

Finding Dory by Disney Pixar in Cinemas starting 16 June 2016

 

 

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Velaiyilla Pattathari (VIP) (English: Unemployed Graduate) stars Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivek, Saranya Ponvannan, and Samuthirakani. The story revolves around Raghuvaran (Dhanush), a graduate in Civil Engineering, who has been unemployed  for four years, and still looking for a job. His younger brother Karthik (Hrishikesh) has a great job in an IT company. Raghuvaran constantly faces rejection from various engineering companies. One day, his mother passed away due to a heart attack. He slowly falls into a deep depression and is constantly wracked with guilt over not answering a phone call which could have saved her life. He eventually falls for his neighbour’s daughter, Shalini (Amala Paul), who initially dislikes him, but warms up to him after sympathizing with his difficulties. Raghuvaran strives hard to get the best possible job and put himself on the right track, but is faced with many obstacles from different rivals along the way. Will Raghuvaran finally be able to redeem himself and find happiness with the right job, partner and family?

Will Raghuvaran finally be able to redeem himself and find happiness with the right job, partner and family?

VIP is a satisfaction-guaranteed film for all Tamil movie fans (and not to mention, die hard Dhanush fans)! A heavy script, carried by Dhanush himself, relies on much of his body language and expressions – which are totally impeccable. This film profoundly explains the predicament of the unemployed which is a relatable experience amongst many graduates. The superb cinematography and catchy music truly got off my seat and wanting to dance. Dhanush keeps his fans hooked and the audience entertained throughout the movie with his charm. Die-hard fans of Dhanush (and possibly new ones) – you definitely do not want to miss this one!

” …you definitely do not want to miss this one!”

I watched this Tamil movie during the Diwali Week Movie Screening without any subtitles but it was awesome as the movie storyline moved me! Amazingly, I stayed in the theatre hall for the whole three hours!

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Firdaus A (BP114)

A subtle writer, Gaga fanatic, and an infamous bathroom singer.