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Finding Dory

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Finding Dory. The sequel to Pixar’s much-acclaimed Finding Nemo. In this story, Dory tries to find her parents in spite of her awful memory problem. Marlin and Nemo go along and they all make new friends in the process.

The Good

  • It’s an easy watch, and is generally enjoyable.
  • It’s still gorgeous (although a tiny bit less so than Finding Nemo, in part due to its location) and the underwater creatures are brought to life delightfully.
  • As others have pointed out, I suppose it’s a good portrayal of what it’s like to live with a disability or to live with people who have disabilities. There’s a pretty strong message of consideration, tolerance and acceptance, with particular relation to such people. If Zootopia was about people being judged for their race, then Finding Dory is about people with problems they can’t help having.
  • Baby Dory is really cute. The teeny tiny body and the big round eyes!

The Not-so-good

(I hesitate to say any of this is outright bad because it isn’t. A lot of it is just personal preference and the result of comparison to Finding Nemo, which is one of my favourite Pixar movies.)

  • The movie feels much more “cartoony” and fantastical than the first one did. Traversing the ocean from Australia to the US is rather hard to swallow, even if they do use their marine superhighway, the EAC. The way Nemo and Marlin get into the research facility is an extended and wackier version of how Marlin and Dory tried to get to Nemo in the dentist’s office. Bailey, the beluga whale with a problematic sonar, being able to “see” Dory in the maze of pipes also felt a bit much. And that sequence at the end with Hank the octopus driving the truck, and the truck going over the cliff with all the fish in it ending up in the sea… It was all funny, but I thought they were stretching it too far for me.
  • Quite a bit of the story takes place in murky waters, which means it isn’t as pretty to see. It’s very good atmosphere, especially when you need the feeling of Dory being all lost and alone. But it was visually less interesting.
  • I was never as enamoured of Dory as many people were in Finding Nemo so that may be why I feel a bit disconnected from the movie. She was amusing, but not as compelling as Woody or Buzz Lightyear. So to hang a whole movie on her was probably not really going to work extremely well for me.

The Rest of It

Hmmm. Not much else to say, I think. It was fun, but Finding Nemo was much better.

★★★

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