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Monday, June 5, 2017

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Finding Dory Movie Review (Baby Dory is Life)

Finding Dory
Sequel to Finding Nemo
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill
MPAA Rating: G
Release Date: June 17, 2016

The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Finding Nemo is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time - it goes without saying that I’d try to watch the sequel… ten years later. (I keep telling Lupe she can always steal my copy of Finding Nemo should she want to borrow it… But I think she finds Star Wars: Rogue One far more appealing than cute baby fish. Meanwhile, this chick has yet to watch Star Wars.)

Finding Dory is set one year after the events of Finding Nemo (they made us wait ten years for this?), bringing us back to the animated world of land and ocean (now that sounded super cliche). To be brutally honest, it’s pretty much the backward version of Finding Nemo - only we’re finding Dory to a degree instead.

Those who watched the first movie will most likely remember that Dory has a short term memory - she forgets things so quickly, she puts my memory to shame.
(My mother says I have a bad memory because I don't remember what she says most of the time. In my opinion, there’s a bit of a language barrier playing a role as well, which is embarrassing because I have to tell people, “Um… sorry, my Chinese isn’t good…” with a sheepish look while my manager is like, “So um… what are they saying?”)

So we have baby Dory opening up the film with absolute cuteness - which only lasts for a few minutes, much to my dismay. But worry not - baby Dory will make an appearance here and there throughout the movie as Dory goes on an adventure across the ocean to find her parents with Marlin and Nemo. Meanwhile, her parents are searching for her as well, which is most likely the entire plot of the story.

Finding Dory isn’t solely about finding Dory for years and trying to reunite her with her parents - it’s a tale of friendship, too. Marlin’s friendship with Dory is going to be put to the test when Dory insists on finding her family with their help, thus resulting in a stronger bond in the end. As Dory seeks assistance to find her family, she reunites with childhood friends and forms new friendships with other sea creatures who also have a desire to return to the ocean.

Despite being maybe 8-9 years late, Finding Dory is a great movie for all ages to watch and bring nostalgia from the first film. (Also, Lupe has not watched this. I'm very disappointed in her.)

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