Finding Dory

Posted: June 24, 2016 by Micah in Movie Reviews
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Well Internet, it finally happened. You did it. For years and years you asked and asked about Finding Nemo and why we didn’t have a sequel to Finding Nemo and why mom never got you a pony, and how string theory relates to the time-space continuum. Well… you got one of those things. Potentially two if mom broke down and got you a pony finally… the cheap skate.

Micah Reviews: Finding Dory

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Finding Dory: A movie about fish that doesn’t understand how fish work.

 

So after ten years of waiting, Disney has finally decided to make a sequel to Finding Nemo and has also decided to release it in a week where 7 of the top 10 movies at the box office are sequels, (and most of those sequels REALLY suck.) So will Finding Dory also give in to the Undertow of suckitude? Will it join Mulan 2, Cinderella 2, and Kronks New Groove in the ever lengthening list of Disney movies that should never have left the “Horrendous Sequel Ideas for Emergencies Only” pile? Let’s find out.

The Plot:

So it’s been a year since the events of Finding Nemo (apparently fish time and human time work on a decade to 1 ratio) and Dory, Nemo, and Marlin (who is a Clownfish) are living happily together in the ocean (somewhere.) Let’s talk real fast about how weird it is that ‘Marlin’ is named after a type of fish. I mean I’m not gonna name my child ‘human’ or some other weird type of human like ‘Kardashian’ or ‘Zombie’ or ‘HockeyFan’ or something. It’s just kinda weird.

Anyway, Dory remembers suddenly that she has a family and that her family lived somewhere else in the ocean as opposed to where she currently lives… which we don’t know. So she, Nemo, and Marlin embark on yet another epic trek across the ocean as they learn about families, forgiveness, and falafel… though less so that last one.

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“No guys, it’s a middle eastern food. He was making an alliteration joke… No, no it wasn’t that funny. But it’s okay cause now he’s doing this acknowledgement thing.” 

 

The Pros:

Finding Dory is a worthy successor to Finding Nemo. That’s about the highest praise I can give it, the world and the characters that you fell in love with lo those many years ago are all still here, and all still work very well together. The story and the script both work very well together and really do give an excellent and familiar feel to the world.

As with basically every Pixar film it looks great, the fish are (dare we say it) even fishier than before. What an achievement… I guess.

None of the pros above really surprised me (though they were very pro-ish.) I expected the movie to be good, and it really reall was. The thing that surprised me the most about this movie was that it really handled having Dory as the main character very well, and used it to say something important about people (and fish) with special needs. They didn’t just use her lack of memory as a tool for humor (which is basically what they did in the first movie) or have it come and go as was most convenient to the plot (something that happens all too often with this sort of thing) it was integral part of the story and Dory (and Dory’s family) came to learn and embrace something about it, and about themselves. It was handled incredibly well. There’s no joke here.

The Cons:

As strong as the script is for most of the film, the last twenty minutes or so just feel disconnected. There’s wacky hijinks with a truck and some otters and the whole thing just feels like a different (much worse) movie.

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Yeah, I used to do Shark Week but now it’s too mainstream, ya know? Too commercial.

 

Also: (and this is pretty classic adults critiqueing a kids movie) me nad my wife were both very disturbed at the fact that the makers of this movie in no way understand the difference between salt and freshwater fish. Over the course of the movie, multiple characters throw fish into all sorts of receptacles that definitely don’t contain salt water. Like that’s super bad for fish Disney. When little Jemma throws her prized saltwater fish into her little sippy cup it’s on you!! You, Disney!!

In Conclusion:

Finding Dory is a great movie, and very worthy follow up to Finding Nemo. It has a weak final act, but it’s a strong movie on the whole and has an incredible message for families.

I give it 4 Marlin named Clown Fish, out of 5.

So there you go guys, you waited ten years, and it was actually kind of mostly worth it. Who knew such things could happen. Oh wait, it was Disney, this is literally how Disney plans to take over the world.

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