3D is blah, but ‘Nemo’ still rocks on the silver screen

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

The 3D effects don’t add much to the re-release of “Finding Nemo,” but it’s great to see a recent classic back on the big screen.
The Pixar Animation Studio production from 2003 tells the story of a clown fish and his son, while bringing the undersea world to life in ways that had never been done before and haven’t been done since.
Albert Brooks provides the voice for Marlin, an overprotective father with good reason because his wife and most of his children were killed. It makes sense that he’d rather keep Nemo (Alexander Gould) safe at home.
That caution proves correct when an Australian dentist snatches Nemo, and Marlin begins a colorful and dangerous adventure in hopes of getting his son back, or, if you prefer, in hopes of “Finding Nemo.”
The re-release has 3D effects added, but I was underwhelmed. There are a few times when the movie gave the illusion of depth, but it’s nothing fancy, and doesn’t make “Finding Nemo” better or worse.
The big thing is the chance to see it on the big screen, and several families in the auditorium obviously agreed with me. Several youngsters born since 2003 got to experience “Finding Nemo” for the first time, and their yelps, laughs and comments during the movie – hey, they’re just kids — and applause at the end spoke volumes.
As an adult revisiting a film I’d seen several times, I was surprised how well it holds up, and how smart the screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds is.
Of the Pixar movies I own on DVD, “Finding Nemo” is the one I watch the least. It’s probably because I don’t want to think about going through Marlin’s adventure in real life.
That also might explain why I haven’t watched Liam Neeson in “Taken” again. They’re both about a father’s determination to keep his kid safe in an unsafe world. Deep stuff. Luckily for “Nemo” viewers, Pixar gives us Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), thrill-seeking turtles, single-minded seagulls (“Mine!”) and other funny characters to lighten things up.
I give “Finding Nemo” an A, and probably would have given it an A plus but I guessed the ending and felt like I’d heard a lot of the jokes before.
It’s showing at Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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