#162: Finding Nemo (2003)

When and how did I watch this?

December 28th, 2015, on a friend’s PLEX account.

Had I seen this film already?

Yes. Hasn’t everyone?

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I saw this in theater, which is rare. I wasn’t exactly eager to see it and probably approached it with a bad attitude.  It was among my least favorite Pixar movies, and the massive appeal and pop culture saturation further exasperated my disdain for it in my hipster 20s. I’ve avoided watching it again if I could help it.

What do I know about it now?

I did my best to approach the film humbly and with an open mind. Obviously, this is a family film, so the peril, violence, and general adult themes should have been mostly absent.  What I discovered, however, now that I have kids, is what this film is really about.  It’s not about a goofy fish with a short memory, or an annoying helicopter father that can’t find his son.  It acknowledges our need for each other, about the intrinsic value of family, and the irreplaceable truth of our personal experiences. The artwork is absurdly good; you kind of get lost (see what I did there?) in the vast underwater world that Pixar creates. Color abounds, and the detail can easily be overlooked if you’re a snarky college kid looking for a cheap thrill or cornball comedy.

What are some themes in the film?

Growing up, self-preservation, perseverance, destiny/fate

Did this affect me personally?

More so than before.  It’s a different movie after having kids.  I was swallowing golf balls at times, notgonnalie.

Why is this ranked #162?

The fascination with this film is not a mystery. People recite numerous lines from it: “Just keep swimming,” “Dude,” (a la Crush), and “Fish are friends, not food.” Everyone has seen it, and everyone loves it. It’s Pixar. No surprise here, except that it isn’t higher.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She likes this movie still more than I ever will.

Would I watch it again?

Maybe.  It’s not something I’d go out of my way to watch, but I won’t leave the room if it’s on anymore.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

I’m certain all of my friends have seen it.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Sure, why not?  Pixar deserves a lot of recognition, and this is among their most prestigious works.

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