Wednesday 26th January 2022

Finding Nemo (U)
Directed by: Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Pretty scary, but very funny
Pretty scary, but very funny

It's no secret that the previous films from animation studio Pixar have been enormously popular with both adults and children, and so it was with raised expectations that I went to see their latest offering, Finding Nemo. However, I didn't feel fully qualified to judge this family film alone, so I stopped off on the way to the cinema to kidnap a couple of children, in the form of my nieces.

As soon as we arrived, all three of us were in hysterics at the Pixar animation shorts and trailers before the main feature had even begun, and I am happy to report the mirth did not stop there.

Finding Nemo is the tale of a clown fish with a "gimpy fin" who gets lost and separated from his father on his first day of school, and I am happy to say the film is extremely enjoyable, very funny and often steps into the downright hilarious. Despite all we've come to expect from Pixar, the visuals of this animation will still knock your socks off. Indeed, I could spend this whole review discussing the bright colours, the realistic movement of the underwater creatures, the lighting effects and the attention to detail that is clear in every single shot - an attention to detail that is also present in the script.

Of course, this film may not be everyone's cup of tea. While there is plenty to enjoy for adults and children alike, it is a family film, featuring a solidly predictable, happily-ever-after storyline and plenty of tear-jerking sentiment. Some might find the quirky characters needed to bring an animation like this to life a little annoying (for example, the "surfer dude" turtles), although I found them all equally loveable, and certainly not as irritating as the likes of Jar Jar Binks. I think it is also important to note that this is the scariest offering from Pixar so far, and I noticed that several younger children needed some comforting after a few of the scary scenes. I would think very carefully before taking a child younger than six to see Finding Nemo.

However, if you feel you can cope with these minor niggles, I can't recommend Finding Nemo highly enough. My nieces and I both agreed it was better than the studio's most recent movie, Monsters Inc., and I for one can't wait for their next offering (The Incredibles, starring Samuel L Jackson) to grace our screens next year.

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Length: 100 minutes
Certificate: U
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Release Date: 10th October 2003

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