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Review of Finding Dory
by David Gilleand
Posted on June 29th, 2016
Positive 8
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3 of 3 people found the following review useful

Plot summary:

Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.

Folks, there's been more than one instance in this lifetime of ours that Pixar has had a sequel come out that everyone more or less hated. In fact, a good sequel is far and few between. To say I was surprised that Finding Dory is even something that remotely exists is putting it lightly. Finding Nemo was a great Pixar flick that introduced a huge and complete story...but how complete is it? Go ahead, rewatch the first movie, you'll notice one of the first things Dory says is something about her family before saying "where are they, anyway?" - that's foreshadowing if I've ever seen it. But how do you do a sequel without entirely repeating the first film's successes?


Story: 9
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A deep, meaningful message hidden in an otherwise funny family flick.

One thing that any sequel has an issue with, Pixar or othewise, is trying entirely too hard to repeat the good (or funny) things that happened in the original flick...while creating only a few new things here and there. I was shocked to see that this movie was almost entirely original with only a few of the classic quirks from Finding Nemo. One of the things you'll notice is that the title "Finding Dory" really holds a triple meaning. 

Marlin and Nemo aren't the only fish searching for Dory - in fact, that's only a very small percentage of what this movie is about. If that was the only thing that happened, it really would be a mirror image of the first. Instead, other fish that care about Dory are looking for her. Also, in a way, Dory is trying to search for herself as well - which holds a deep, meaningful message to any young viewers out there. 

Another expected message the film tries to convey is that while yes, blood can mean family, it doesn't need to. The people (or fish) that you care about and vice versa are also a valid form of family as well - which no matter how bad your memory is, you need to remember. In the end, Finding Dory offered closure to questions that you may have slightly wondered about while watching the first movie. Was it really necessary? Probably not, but I am glad they decided to make this. 

Visuals: 9
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To sum up the visuals - it's Pixar, and they speak for themselves. 

Pixar is Pixar is Pixar is Pixar, and Pixar is all about creating a beautiful landscape for each of their films, and that once again shines bright in Finding Dory. It's been over a decade since the first movie, and there are times where you can see the difference in visuals and shading and quality of digital water...things of the nature - and it's more or less a welcome change. The change in venue allowed for an introduction into different exhibits, creatures, and textures - which looked like it could have been a challenge to any visionary if they weren't Pixar...so way to go, once again, fellas.  

Character: 10
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Some of the same, some of the old, blend perfectly into the magical world of Pixar.

Hey, Ellen DeGeneres is Dory, and no one else could play such a nice, innocent, funny little sea creature - as she did once again in this movie. More than once, I was drawn into this world, forgetting about the 13 year gap between the two movies, and that was all thanks to the memorable, funny characters on screen. Another thing to notice is it really has been 13 years, which meant they needed a new voice actor for Nemo...and you know what? I couldn't even tell the difference, it sounded like nothing has changed. That was oddly a concern of mine before watching the first movie, and now that concern has left me.

Also, for those of you petrified of the possible lesbian couple in the movie, you're all dumb. Whatever orientation they were, they were only there for maybe 2-3 whole seconds before disappearing? They weren't even pushing the stroller.  

Enjoyment: 9
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You don't need to find your excitement for Finding Dory - it's just there. 

Pixar has a way of creating movies that work for all ages, even when the movies are geared for a much younger crowd, and to be honest, they did it again in Finding Dory. This is a movie that a family can go to, and enjoy it respectively for different reasons. To be honest, there were moments in this movie that I actually liked better than the first movie. On the other hand, I prefer the first movie overall. However, I believe it takes more than one viewing to fully make an educated decision. Check it out!

David Gilleand
Avid TV Show and Movie watcher/critic, known in the blogging world as Dave from Dave Examines Movies and Dave Examines TV. Look him up!
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