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Movie Monday: Finding Dory

Monday, September 5, 2016



Finding Dory

Directed by Andrew Stanton
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Running time: 97 minutes
Released: 2016
Produced by Walt Disney Studios, Pixar Animation Studios

Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) 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.


Finding Dory brought everything you could want from the sequel to Finding Nemo. It is beautifully animated, has strong performances from its voice actors, and manages to have both lively, funny moments and emotionally moving moments.

The plot to Finding Dory is largely the same as that of Finding Nemo. Dory is seeking her family and so she travels the ocean to find her parents. Since childhood, Dory has struggled with her memory problems and while her parents tried to protect her, she became separated from them and forgot almost everything. Eventually, Dory beings to remember bits and pieces after the adventures in Finding Nemo, and so she seeks out her parents once more with Nemo and Marlin.

Finding Dory was an enjoyable film. It was visually stunning, had its heartwarming moments, delivers relatable lessons, and also has fun, colorful characters for children. Memorable characters can bring both humor and heart to films, and this one was no different. Finding Dory introduces the grumpy octopus Hank, the nearsighted whale shark Destiny, and the insecure beluga whale Bailey, all of which bring natural humor to the film.

Finding Dory might have been an incredible and memorable film if not for its predecessor Finding Nemo. It brings many of the qualities that make a great Pixar film, being beautifully animated, strong voice actors, and both lively moments and emotionally moving moments. However, its plot is heavily reminiscent of Finding Nemo, and it also seems heavily skewed towards a younger demographic. Pixar’s best films manage to deliver to both younger and older demographics, but Finding Dory is a heavily simplified film, as it relies more on chase scenes and childish humor. Overall, I would still recommend Finding Dory as a fun summer film. While I did not find it to be memorable, it was still enjoyable.

2 comments on "Movie Monday: Finding Dory"
  1. I want to see this so badly! Good to know that for the most part it was enjoyable - sure would be hard to live up the original!

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