Finding Dory Reviews
its been more than a decade but the "searching quest" of Disney Pixar's underwater inhabitant is still fun to follow
Ellen DeGeneres, the voice behind the main character Dory, begins the movie with a flashback of Dory, adorable and giant-eyed, hanging out with her parents as a child. Unfortunately, Dory's major setback of short-term memory loss causes her to become separated from her loving parents and thrown out into the ocean on her own. The movie continues by making a tie back into the preceding movie, Finding Nemo. This connection fit extremely well into the film and provided great clarity for me as a viewer. Finding Dory begins with Dory remembering she has a family and wanting to find them. Having to travel to California, Dory crosses the ocean, once again, dragging Nemo and Marlin with her. Upon arriving at an aquarium/fish rescuing institution, which turns out to be her original home, Dory manages to get herself split up from Marlin and Nemo. The character's start running into hilarious dilemmas and the movie begins to take its own shape as Dory restlessly searches for her mother and father.
We are introduced to many awesome new characters, while also being reintroduced to old ones. Crush, voiced again by Andrew Stanton, makes an appearance with his calming and chill surfer voice as he helps Nemo, Marlin, and Dory get to California. Also, Mr. Ray, voiced again by Bob Peterson, is back still taking all of the young fish on fieldtrips. Some of the new characters that are introduced are Hank an octopus, voiced by Ed O'Neil, Destiny a whale shark, voiced by Katlin Olson, and Bailey the beluga whale, voiced by Ty Burrell. Hank, on the surface grumpy, but eventually revealing his huge heart, plays a huge role in the movie as he transports Dory around the fish institution. Destiny, Dory's long lost friend and teacher of Dory's beautiful whale speaking abilities, plays a big role in the end of the film having many important conversations with Dory in "whale" language. Personally I felt that Pixar did a great job with character reintroduction and new character introduction.
Though colorful, creative, and funny Finding Dory provides us with a unique and engaging spin on the issues of home and identity. Dory's main problem, battling with short-term memory loss, portrays her as a very lost and flustered character. As the movie goes on Dory becomes closer and closer to finding her parents as well as herself. By the end of the movie dory is evidently a much stronger character. As viewers we learn the importance of family through Dory's search for her own family. The tenacious drive Dory possesses even though she has a disability teaches us to never give up, anyone is capable of anything.
Overall, Finding Dory met my prior expectations for the movie and left me joyous upon its conclusion. Despite being very similar to the preceding movie, a bit predictable, and having a highly impractical ending Finding Dory was a success. Finding Dory leaves me hoping Pixar goes against the general standards of animated movies, expecting Finding Dory to be the only sequel in this series.