June 09, 2003

Finding Nemo

Pixar is way cool--five movies under their collective belts, and every one so far has been a winner. Not only are they making money, I understand that their distribution deal with Disney is one of the few things keeping Disney afloat these days.

But I digress.

Last Thursday, I took the afternoon off from work, my mother-in-law came to watch the baby, and Jane and I took our two sons to see Finding Nemo. David has been to the movies with me a number of times, but it was James' first time--and I can tell you, he was enrapt the whole time.

It's the story of Nemo, a young clownfish with a gimpy fin, who gets collected by a scuba diver; and of his loving but over-cautious and over-protective father Marlin who has to leave the safety of the reef to find him. (I'll note that Marlin has every reason to be over-protective.) Along the way, Marlin has to brave just about every hazard of the sea, including sharks, jellyfish, currents, horrors of the deep, pelicans, and seagulls--I loved the seagulls. Meanwhile, Nemo is learning many of the same lessons on a smaller scale.

The story is simple: dad discovers hidden reserves of courage and skill, and learns to let his son stand on his own; son learns new respect for Ahis dad, and learns to stand on his own. And, as always, Pixar's story-telling is flawless and delightful.

So how does Finding Nemo stack up against its predecessors? I'd say it ranks fourth, above A Bug's Life, but below Monsters, Inc. and the Toy Story movies.

Oh, and Jane would want me to say that she really liked the turtles.

Posted by Will Duquette at June 9, 2003 08:40 PM