I have invited my Brother to write a post on this blog. This is a movie that is quite close to his heart. For more posts of his, check out his blog at the Alternate Economy.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe
Synopsis: An over-protective clown-fish, Marlin (Albert Brooks) finds himself facing the first day of school for his son Nemo (Alexander Gould). After dropping him off he comes to learn that Nemo has swum too far out to sea and has become lost; his worst nightmare. Nemo has found himself scooped up by some poachers and placed in an aquarium with several other fish. In a frantic rush to find Nemo before it is too late, Marlin bumps into a blue tang fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres). He soon comes to learn that Dory suffers from short-term memory loss, which leads to some hilarious situations. Nemo, meanwhile, begins plotting his escape with the help of his new friend, a stern and sometimes grumpy angelfish named Gill (Willem Dafoe). This film is a hilarious and heart lifting series of adventures as Marlin and Dory search the ocean for Nemo.
Trivia: Afraid that kids would try releasing their pet fish by flushing them down a drain, a company that manufactures equipment used by water filtration and sewage treatment plants released a warning the Thursday after the film came out saying that, even though drains do eventually reach the ocean, before it got there the water would go through equipment which breaks down solids, and went on to say that in real life the movie would more appropriately be called “Grinding Nemo”.
Why I Think You Should See This Movie: You could see Finding Nemo for its light yet hilarious humour. You could see it for its spectacular effects and stunning visuals. Or, you could see it because it is a beautiful story of conquering your fears and facing all odds to help your Loved one. That is why I would recommend this film. I laughed. I got misty. I nodded along in agreement and I learned a thing or two about never giving up. The one scene that really speaks to me in this film is when Marlin and Dory find themselves facing a cloud of jellyfish. Although Dory had been a burden for most of the voyage, Marlin realizes that he cannot abandon a friend in need. Where he finds himself next is also rather amazing. One great scene after another!