What a beautiful soundtrack! Befitting an oceanic voyage. Such wondrous animation too. The plot may be cliche by now: a fish is lost, and wishes to find her parents - but the visual experience this time is worlds apart from the last one! Or at least that's what it felt like.
The characters have evolved too, and though the setting at times feels very spontaneous and random (because Dory), it's sometimes also surprisingly somber and melancholy. You'll know the despair and isolation you feel when lost in a strange world, in a haze of memories, forgetting all those you ever knew and held close - one by one.
The melancholy moments are short-lived and far between, and there's only one that really grips you, but the emotions are palpable, and the grimy water sets the mood.
Though there are moments like that, most of it is however bright and light-hearted, and as last time: it's one entertaining adventure from start to finish, with a few creative and uninspiringly authentic character introductions along the way - like Hank the Sectapus, Destiny the Whaleshark, and many others. They play with words as well as traits, and all animals are both so incredibly animated and incredibly lifelike - in motion and in appearance, though apparently it may not seem that way to a real Marine Biologist (judging by IMDB's list of Goofs).
I don't mind though. They look real to me.
It's beautiful. An adventure for all senses. Pixar for sure. Only the plot itself leaves no ending unexpected, though there are plenty of surprises along the way. Even if the plot follows an old pattern, it turns out the last just wasn't enough. It feels like this brings about the closure I missed.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle