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REVIEW: 'Finding Nemo 3D'

REVIEW: 'Finding Nemo 3D'

REVIEW: 'Finding Nemo 3D', Flicks.co.nz

5 stars

Disney/Pixar's 2003 Oscar-winning family comedy, re-released in 3D, about an overprotective clownfish (voice by Albert Brooks) who crosses the ocean searching for his missing son, Nemo. Now playing nationwide.

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Compared to Disney’s prior rereleases, there’s been a surprising lack of noise behind Finding Nemo 3D, so the opportunity to watch it may pass you by. Don’t let it.

This is in the top tier of Pixar’s catalogue, a journey against incredible odds as lone clown fish Marlin journeys across the ocean to find his only son. It’s a story that reminds us that while there are many dangers in the outside world, there is an equal (and perhaps greater) amount of beauty that begs to be discovered. While the nobility of the protective parent is highlighted in Marlin’s unbound dedication to saving his son, Pixar masterfully weaves the value of letting the youth explore the great unknown, despite what we might fear from it.

This striking moral is accompanied by a plethora of gags that still hold up, visuals that still stun even after a decade and one of the best voice cast ensembles ever conceived (Albert Brooks in particular is astonishing).

I could write an entire dissertation on how much I love this movie, but simply put, if you haven’t seen Finding Nemo in years (or, dare I say, ever), this 3D release is a must. The thoughtful conversion turns the screen into an aquarium, emphasising Pixar’s beautiful sense of depth, framing and cinematography. Unlike some of Disney’s previous efforts (Beauty and the Beast 3DLion King 3D), Nemo 3D’s existence is completely justified.

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