I always encounter a bit of a problem when movies are re-released these days. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for an older film coming back to theaters so that it can be experienced to its highest degree. But the fact is we’re still in the middle of the 3D cash-grab phase that’s seldom utilized well. Case in point was the re-release of Beauty and the Beast last year. It’s a fantastic movie and looks absolutely great, but even the dancing sequence hardly justified a 3D-fication.
Then we have Finding Nemo, which has received the re-release treatment despite being less than a decade old. And we all know Disney love to jump at the opportunity to tease us with a Blu-ray release a couple months down the line. It borders on sadistic tendencies.
But being a sucker for certain movies, my friends and I succumbed to shelling out $14 a piece for this re-release. Finding Nemo isn’t a movie that necessarily benefits from big screen viewing, but the potential for 3D was definitely present. It’s a very colorful and detailed movie, but one less grand in scope. To that degree the 3D isn’t too bad. Like most 3D post-conversions, this one doesn’t really pop off the screen, but that’s not such a bad thing. That is, until you realize you paid enough to see two movies just for some subtle detail. For the few 3D nuts out there, I’d put Finding Nemo’s 3D re-release somewhere between Titanic and Toy Story for how good it was. The Toy Story double-featured 3D re-release (there’s a mouthful for ya) was fairly negligible while Titanic had probably the best post-conversion to 3D I’ve seen thus far.
Really the best, most positive-thinking way to go about viewing this re-release is as something for parents to show their kids if they haven’t seen Finding Nemo already. A theatrical viewing is far from necessary but I guess it’s nice to have a movie you know for a fact will be good. And let’s be honest, anyone reading this probably doesn’t need to know whether or not Finding Nemo is a good movie, because it is. It’s one of Pixar’s best, it tugs the heart and laughter strings perfectly and, just like a proper Disney release, offers some great references which adults will enjoy and pick up on. The movie has the look and heart of a child with the details and understandings of an adult, which makes it the perfect family film.