Marlin – Finding Nemo
By Camille Espiritu
Pixar continues to do a great job bringing to life vivid characters who have distinct personalities, one of them being Marlin from Finding Nemo. I have a huge soft spot for films that highlight the relationship between a parent and a child. Marlin, as a father, showers Nemo with unconditional love. Though he does not deliver the best jokes, clownfish and all, he does not fail to look at the brighter side of things. A personality that is filled with nerves and anxiety, he is the essence of what all parents feel when their child ventures off into the world.
A bit of a worrier (if that could be said lightly), we immediately see how protective Marlin is of his son. However, the overprotectiveness comes from a good place.
No ocean is big or wide enough to withstand this strong bond. We see Marlin face his biggest fears, meet interesting characters, and get caught in some of the craziest adventures, all to be reunited with his son. It is not until the climax of the film that he learns to trust himself. All a parent can do is pray that they have done their best and that their child will be okay.
In films, we tend to relate our lives to the characters on the screen. As for Marlin, he is much like my father: protective, funny (at times), and tremendously caring. No other character captures the right tone and mood of a parent quite like Marlin, making him the perfect father figure in the deep blue sea.