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The funny part is that this film perpetuates that Dane Cook was likable in the first place.
Where's my Bobby Kennedy sequel?
A heart wrenching look at a handful of stories about the dangers of texting and driving. Simple message told effectively.
God, I feel like a piece of shit texting while watching.
Independence Day: Resurgence is kind of that middling blockbuster that I can't really recommend, but it's still not a total waste of time. Both halves of the film were total contrasts. The first half was everything I probably hated about sci-fi. It's boring watching people decode space writing, and everyone making that awkward transition into, "yeah we're that sequel to the blockbuster." New characters taking the place of the ones who couldn't be signed on to this piece of- Er. I meant died in the movie universe. Speaking of new characters, am I the only one who thinks that Will Smith's son (replacement in the movie) was awkward to watch? I didn't like him. Every time I'm looking at him he has a odd posing smile, and delivers lines that made me cringe. Liam Hemsworth's friend with the terrible pick up attempts? Hate him. This film picked up really well into the second half, and there's some nicely placed comedic moments. The second half is a good popcorn flick. There are perhaps five different story segments that converge into this 2nd half. It's not seamless, but you forget about it in favor of alien spaceships being torn a part, and Jeff Goldblum's infinitely awkward glory.
It's the typical blockbuster. You won't regret it if you're looking for a decent time.
With this and Inside Out Pixar has established that they indeed can make movies capable of touching an audience with an emotional tale. I never spotted this in previous Pixar films, but now I just have a feeling that somehow Pixar films don't just entertain. These past two Pixar films can just outright fuck with your emotions.
Finding Dory centers around Dory (duh) in the pursuit of finding her long lost parents. She must do this despite the many obstacles which are both within her (short term memory loss), and of the outside world. Where Finding Nemo had a lot more focus on just the obstacles in the way of Marlon, Finding Dory digs more into the psyche of our protagonist. And it's gut-wrenching.
Dory throughout has to deal with her intellectual shortcomings. Throughout, there are all sorts of doubts, fears, and general anxieties that fill Dory's mind. At the same time she accomplishes so much and gains more confidence.
The people that she meets along the way do an excellent job. An emotional heft is instilled in them as well. And that is because of an amazing voice cast. These characters are incredibly fleshed out. There's such a sincere tone in the more heartbreaking moments, and I have tears stream down my face from that alone.
Going back to Dory, we are shown a character study. It's a character that has faced so much adversity, who is often left in the dark, and therefore has a lot more to deal with. And with every little moment of victory and every goal accomplished, a renewed sense of vigor emerges. As the story progresses Dory learns that despite disabilities, she can accomplish whatever she sets her mind on. Those tiny moments of accomplishment, the times she sets her mind and overcomes, those are times where this movie strengthens its emotional grip. Ultimately leaving me in tears of joy. It's a simple lesson that can be expanded on so well.
Finding Dory is my movie of the summer so far (it's also better than The Shallows).