Friday, 8 July 2016

Just Keep Swimming: Finding Dory a movie review

With summer here we're enjoying a lot more outdoor time with the minions, but also trying to beat the heat with a couple of indoor treats, one of which included a recent trip to the movies to check out Finding Dory.  Here's what we thought.

Image Courtesy of Teaser Trailer

What's in it for the Kids?
Ever wonder what happened to your favourite characters from Finding Nemo?  This moving takes place a year after the original as Dory sets off on an adventure to find herself and her parents.  This movie is good for little ones who might get scared easily as this film doesn't really have any "bad guys" to be afraid of, save for one brief "scary" under the sea encounter an early scene.

What's in it for the Adults?
A fairly entertaining walk down memory lane with fan favourite Dory the fish and an introduction of some fantastic new characters including Dory's parents (voiced by Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton), Ty Burrell as Bailey and Kaitlin Olson as Destiny.  The real show stopper here was Ed O'Neil voicing Hank the surly but kind hearted octopus. Some of the aquarium scenes were stunning in a way that Pixar has become known for.

Best Parts of the Movie
This movie doesn't slow down and kept both minions attention (particularly Jack's) the entire time. Keeping my little boy still, mostly silent (there were still some questions asked throughout) and wildly entertained for an entire movie is a feat in itself.  Jack fell in love with Hank and is still talking about a (spoiler alert) scene where he drives a stolen truck.

Worst Parts of the Movie
This movie plot is a little similar to the original.  I may have had too much of an "adult" hat on as a viewer, as the film got my mind wandering and to some pretty dark places in terms with thoughts on dementia, memory loss and aging.  I really spent a lot of time thinking about Dory's loneliness and things got a little too meta for me.  I was a little disappointed that they didn't bring back Bruce the Shark, but at the same time I could see that joke getting old (the kids didn't notice his absence).

Overall Rating
I would rate this movie 4/5.  It's watchable for parents, and fantastic for kids, particularly if you have younger kids (aged three to seven or eight) who loved the original.  While it didn't blow me away, the kids loved it and it's something that I won't get too annoyed with playing on repeat by the minions when it comes out on DVD.

To read my review of The Good Dinosaur click here.

To read my review of Zootopia click here.

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  2. Hi, I appreciated your review on Finding Dory. I am also a mom to fraternal twin boys. They are 7 now and the youngest of my five. I thoroughly enjoyed Ed O'Neil as the Octopus. I completely agree with your review.
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    1. Thank you so much, I'll be sure to check out your blog!