Review: Finding Dory Is Here To Brighten Your Day
Title: Finding Dory
Director: Andrew Stanton and Angus McLane
Screenwriter: Andrew Stanton (screenplay, story, based on characters by), Victoria Strouse (story), and Bob Peterson (story)
Principal Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, and Diane Keaton
Summary: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
It hasn’t been a good week in the world. A young musician was shot and killed outside a concert, a toddler was dragged into the water by an alligator, and nearly fifty people were killed in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. I’ve spent the better part of the week in a daze that I can’t seem to shake off. It’s why I’m writing this review at the last minute despite the fact that I saw Finding Dory on Monday evening. I haven’t been able to focus on writing, despite the fact that a movie like this is probably even more important now than it was a week ago. The truth of the matter is current events affect people and movies are a form of escapism. It almost feels like Finding Dory is coming out exactly when it’ll do the most good.
Finding Dory is another brilliant Pixar movie that seems much more focused on making the audience smile over anything else.
The short before this movie is called Piper, and it’s so adorable I think I might have a cavity. It’s a perfect short to go along with Finding Dory because it is about a little sandpiper that has to learn to feed itself by the ocean. It’s probably going to win best animated short unless the one before Moama is somehow better.
This is a sequel that isn’t quite as good as the original but that is only because nothing can top the original. Finding Nemo was one of those movies that, looking back, is probably one of the best movies a studio that consistently hits home runs has ever done. To be frank even the ‘bad’ Pixar movies are still better than what other studios are putting out, and Finding Dory is going to make the top of a lot of ‘best of’ lists come the end of the year. It finds a great balance between the various characters and remembers that Dory (Ellen DeGeneres *voice*) wasn’t the only good part about Finding Nemo. There are quite a few returning characters, including Crash (Andrew Stanton *voice*) the turtle, but the new ones are also just as good.
The standout is Hank ( Ed O’Neill *voice*)the mimic octopus. As someone who loves mimic octopi Hank is a character I’ve been looking forward to since I found out that he was going to be a character. They overplay his abilities for comedic effect, but I’m looking forward to that animal becoming a new favorite among kids once they google it after seeing the movie. I would actually recommend to parents to tell their kids about the mimic octopus before seeing the film because it just makes the character even funnier. Destiny (Kaitlin Olson *voice*) the whale shark is also a welcome addition, while Marlin (Albert Brooks *voice*) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence *voice*) continue to have one of the most honest father-son relationships ever put on screen.
It isn’t as good as the first one but that’s because the first one is just something you can’t replicate. Finding Dory goes pretty dark but it doesn’t get as gut punching as Inside Out or Up. That doesn’t appear to be on the agenda for this movie. Finding Dory wants to make you happy and bring some joy into your life. The characters are fun and Dory’s memory loss never gets irritating, which is what I was worried about. There is a great after credits scene so I would recommend staying through the credits.
Finding Dory is the movie we need right now. In a world that looks dark and bleak here is a true family movie that just wants to make you happy. The movies provide escapism, and Pixar is here to make the grey skies a little brighter.