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finding dory: movie review

Finding-Dory-movie-poster.jpgDory (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.



linh’s adventures in the theater

t-minus thirty minutes before the movie: *waiting for that one friend who isn’t here yet in the lobby*

t-minus fifteen minutes before the movie: “Hey, I really want an ICEE!” *goes out to the lobby and finds that friend who is now here*

fifteen minutes into opening credits:  MOANA = the new Pacific Islander princess…omg, wasn’t that short film so cute?!?!?!?!

five minutes into the movie: *grabs armrest in anticipation of what’s to come*

half an hour into the movie: AHAaHHAHh the FEELS ARE REAL NOSTALGIA

an hour into the movie: sighs at all the Finding Nemo references

an hour and a half into the movie: Bailey, you’re goals.  #belugawhalegoals

two hours into the movie: *heart breaks at the cuteness and happiness of the scene*

fifteen minutes after the credits: HAHAHAHHAHAHAHHHA IT’S MY AUSTRALIAN PEEPS

twenty minutes after the movie ended:  Wow, I’m still in shock of how good that was.

the actual review

  • First off, I don’t think Finding Dory is “better” or “worse” than Finding Nemo.  It was a perfect sequel to a childhood classic, and as a kid who grew up watching it, the two movies are on different tiers.  They’re not comparable to one another.
  • Second off, the feels were so real.  The animations were flawless, the storyline was enticing, and the new characters weren’t too overwhelming.  It has the same tone/vibe as Finding Nemo did, which I really appreciated.  Sometimes, creators get really carried away with sequels and go overboard with effects and dialogue and all that jazz.  Finding Dory was everything but that.  This movie was too nostalgic to be true.  We get to see all the kids back in the old crew, like Crush, the 150-year-old-and-still-going sea turtle and Mr. Ray. We see how Marlin and Nemo’s neighborhood reef has grown with new additions like Dory’s brain-shell-thing, and old things like the anemone and the drop off.  All of these little details had me squealing in my seat.
  • NEW CHARACTERS = YASSS.  Hank the setpapus kind of annoyed me at first (why you gotta be so rude, man?) but he grew on me as he became soft-hearted.  Destiny was the perfect sidekick, but she wouldn’t be half as entertaining if it wasn’t for Bailey.  Every time Bailey did echolocation I died of laughter.  And we can’t forget Becky the bird, the ultimate heroine of the day.  Thank you, Becky, for being such a loyal and annoying foal.
  • BABY DORY = CUTENESS OVERLOAD.  I couldn’t handle myself.
  • The actual plot line was pretty good.  Dory has flashbacks and remembers that her parents lived in San Francisco, so her, Marlin, and Nemo travel towards California, only to find something they didn’t expect.  They’re thrown into a whirlwind of obstacles along the way as Dory finds her parents, and eventually, herself.  Pixar and Disney kept it PG (cough, Toy Story 3, cough, The Good Dinosaur), and I loved having Dory as the lead character!  Her gradual character development was lovely to see.  Marlin and Nemo also form a stronger relationship as they help Dory along her journey.
  • The movie is dotted with low-comedy humor, and had me smiling ear to ear.  (such as the alpha male sea lions, AHAHAHAH)
  • I’m actually really happy where Finding Dory ended.  I’m so afraid if they create a third installment, it’ll somehow screw up the entire series for me (the third one’s the charm, eh? *stares over at Shrek 3 and Toy Story 3).  The movie left me pleasantly content and satisfied.

That’s all I really have to say.  If you’re iffy about going to the movies, this one is one sacrificing a little bit of pocket money for.  The experience was unforgettable.  An absolute 10 out of 10 stars.  If you’re going, make sure to stay until the very end of the black-and-whtie credits, for there’s a little scene at the end that you wouldn’t want to miss.  🙂

If you’ve seen Finding Dory, who was your favorite new character?  And if you haven’t seen it, do you plan on doing so?

Signing off after the beep,

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2 thoughts on “finding dory: movie review

  1. Yes, baby Dory was SUPER CUTE! I think my spirit animal may be Becky, the bewildered bird that still comes in to save the day when she has to! Whenever she made an appearance, I knew that she was my favorite! Bailey was awesome as well! Also, I loved the Hank and Dory dynamic!

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    1. AHHH SOMEONE WHO LOVED IT AS MUCH AS I DID. Yes, Becky is the best heroine ever…she’s always on speed-dial. Definitely one of my favorite films this year!


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