Movie Review: Finding Nemo 3D
Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman
It's the details that stand out whenever a classic film is converted to 3-D.
With "Finding Nemo," those details include the shimmering sea surface and the smudges that Nemo makes when he mashes his face up against the aquarium wall.
The fish seem to float in between the surface of the screen and the deep blue underwater backgrounds of the South Pacific, an effect even more pronounced in 3-D.
Perhaps it's not enough to warrant shelling out 3-D dollars to go see a movie that's long been one of the best-selling home videos. If you have kids, you already have this at home. But "Finding Nemo," back in theaters nine years after its release, is a reminder that sometimes "instant" and "classic" can go together in a sentence describing a great movie. And "Finding Nemo" is a great movie, one of the best animations for children ever made.
A timid and over-protective single-dad clownfish (Albert Brooks) overprotects his mildly disabled (shrunken fin) only son (voiced by Alexander Gould) to the point where Nemo foolishly rebels and is promptly snatched and tossed into the tank at an Australian dentist's office.
Dad flees the comfort of his reefside sea anemone home, and with the help of a seriously absent-minded blue tang named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), sets out to find his son. And the kid, with the help of a tank full of mentors (Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton), plots his escape to get back to dad.
It's a simple story, perfectly executed. Especially when it comes to the voices.
Dory — all halting, self-interrupting comical kvetching, written specifically for DeGeneres and animated around her gestures — steals the movie.
("Nemo" is preceded by the new Pixar "Toy Story" short "Partysaurus Rex," a hilarious dinosaur-out-of-water 'toon about a mild-mannered T-Rex toy who breaks out of his rut when he is picked to join the bath toys for a wild night of suds and excess.)
Rating: G, suitable for all ages. Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes. Theaters: Alamo Lake Creek, Alamo South, Alamo Village, Barton Creek, Cinemark Cedar Park, Cinemark Galleria, Cinemark Round Rock, Cinemark Southpark Meadows, Cinemark Stone Hill, City Lights, Flix Brewhouse, Gateway, Highland, Lakeline, Tinseltown Pflugerville, Tinseltown South, Westgate.