Finding Dory Theater Review
This is a just a short, LIGHTLY spoiled Review - you have been warned.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch this movie by choice. I volunteer for a Girl Scout Troop and was a chaperone for a movie trip. I didn’t plan on seeing this movie in theaters but I did and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised that it was better than I expected it to be. In Finding Dory, we get a chance to see more of old characters and some pretty cool new ones. Personally, I am partial to Hank, the salty octopus, and the two whales, Destiny and Bailey.
The plot was enjoyable and the theme was great. I did like that the “moral of the story” was to accept others for who they are and the things about them that they can’t change. I appreciated that the one that had to learn about acceptance was the adult, Marlin. At the end of Finding Nemo, we know that Dory is living with Marlin and Nemo. Dory, the forgetful, sweetheart she is, wants to find her family and Marlin agrees to help...eventually. Leading the way into the big blue, Marline helps her begin their journey using the knowledge he gained from the first installment. Along the way, Marlin says some things he doesn’t mean and Dory wanders off alone. Ta-Da, Finding Dory! The title is both literal and figurative. Nemo becomes upset because he sees that Marlin isn’t accepting that Dory isn’t going to change and helps his Father accept Dory and the fact she is always going to forget things. This is a children’s movie, so eventually Marlin sees the error in his ways and a lot of other main plot points happen but I don’t want to be overly spoilery. Each character in this movie experiences growth and we learn to love the new ones while the writers continue to expand on the depth of Marlin, Nemo and of course, Dory.
The movie was enjoyable and had plenty of jokes for the parents that take their kids. I know the girls I went with loved it. Personally, I don’t understand why so many people are obsessed with the movie (other than the fact that baby Dory is adorable), but it was cute and had a great message. I also admire when animated movies that are aimed at children are layered and very complex, such as Finding Dory. I wouldn’t have paid money to see it in theaters, though.