Finding Dory: Movie Review

After thirteen long years, Pixar finally brought back the amnesiac yet amazing heroine of one of the best movies to exist in all time – Dory, from Finding Nemo. Voiced by international rockstar and comedian, Ellen Degeneres, she was the anchor to part one, welding herself like an iron backbone to the plotline. It’s not Finding Nemo without Dory.

The magic in Disney movies is that they always introduce this unbelievably hilarious character to turn the tables around in every single story. You have Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, who doesn’t realise he’s a work of plastic and instead thinks he’s born to save the galaxy like a real space ranger. Woody sacrifices his sanity to convince him otherwise and the process lands them in the hands of a boy who likes to blow toys up with explosives. In Bug’s Life, a bunch of circus bugs are mistaken for warriors and are thrown into the hapless life of the ant colony to shield them from the evil and insane grasshoppers. Creative humour really, really pays off in these animations and the same happened in Finding Nemo.

Marlin, a clownfish suffering from intensive paranoia (this results from losing his wife and the rest of his unborn children to a Barracuda), loses his only baby boy, Nemo, to a diver, and as he literally goes crazy swimming after the boat, he is joined by Dory here, who is the very last character he would have picked for a companion.

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What’s the matter? Well, while they’re doing their silly little impressions, I am miles from home … with a fish that can’t even remember her own name!

And honestly, he wouldn’t have found his son by going all the way across the ocean without this easily excited and adorable female. She makes him join a gang of vegetarian sharks for a party and later helps him escape death; she assists him in tying a demonic fish to a rock; she makes him race the way out of a jellyfish forest by bouncing on the heads … and finally mooes the whale language to hitch a ride out of a blue whale to get to Sydney Harbour, where Nemo is.

I watched Finding Nemo back at UK in the first week of release and during this scene, everyone in the theatre actually started howling and mooing just like Dory. It was hilarious and fun to enjoy the movie like that.

Every single stunt she pulls drives Marlin insane but in the end, they always get him out of trouble. You can actually feel the rush of adrenaline within yourself as you watch Dory in action.

And that’s the core of Finding Dory.

‘What would Dory do?’

The sequel to the fantastic 2003 visual of the beautiful and colourful underwater world is of Dory and her lost family. The question of why she was swimming around all alone in the middle of the ocean when Marlin first knocks into her is where the plotline for this movie got developed from. To be honest, Disney sequels never really beat the first movie of the franchise.

Ever.

According to me and my mother, anyway 😀

But even though the principle applied itself to Finding Dory, it didn’t disappoint me at all. There she was, the forgetful regal tang who gets a glimpse of her parents from a memory wedged deep within her soul, which develops this fiery desire in her to go and find them, no matter what it takes. We journey with her, Marlin and Nemo as they end up in this marine aquarium at California and inevitably get separated. Dory battles with her amnesia and strives to look for the right way to go. Her motto of ‘Just Keep Swimming’, is her angel of guidance and she administers her new companion, an octopus, to help her find where her parents are through it. She gets lost several times throughout the movie and seeing the fright of memory loss getting to her was really heart-breaking to watch. Ellen really owns Dory, because it wasn’t just the terrified words in those situations but the quaver in her voice as she uttered them.

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Humour, love, value of a family and friendship once again team up together to quench our thirst for a really good movie and we leave the premise with a satisfied heart.

Questions of where her motto to keep swimming comes from, how she can moo whale, how she can read English are answered in this sequel and the visuals of the computer graphics are so colourfully mind-blowing to look at. It was exotic back in 2003 and the same attractiveness kept its magnetism right now in 2016.

But something really was missing in Finding Dory.

I mean, in Finding Nemo, there were these secondary characters that signified a lot of different morals but in part two, the depth of the new ones, I’m afraid so, was sort of low key. Remember Gill from the tank? He taught Nemo what bravery was. Crush the sea turtle? He taught Marlin as well as every other father that you shouldn’t worry about your kids being ready for the next step in their lives. Everything should be handled with an airy attitude and just go on with the flow.

This isn’t a children’s movie, guys. It isn’t just a splay of bright colours to entertain us either. Every single character in a Disney movie stands to deliver a valuable message to the viewers.

I also felt that Dory herself could have been supplied with extra insanity. She’s this fearless girl who doesn’t think twice about entertaining dangerous stuff. Some of her nerve had been diluted by the presence of the octopus. Throwing her into more strange and lost situations would have without a doubt extracted more of the Dory we have fallen in love with.

The relationship of Marlin-Dory and Nemo-Dory could have been given more of a stirring insight. Okay, it’s not that I want romance to blossom between the former pair (I find Fanfiction written on that genre for these two quite disturbing 😀 ), but they forge a deep friendship in part one and I just felt that it could have been elicited by sowing it thickly into the blanket, where it is boldly prominent. And Nemo would have easily looked up to Dory as a fun older sister. Scenes of the pair of them pulling pranks on each other or sharing tender moments would have been most appreciated.

Nevertheless, it’s not as if their absence dented anything major here. You can readily allow yourself to be charged for Finding Dory movie tickets and really, really enjoy this sprightly and lively motion picture that is guaranteed to temporarily eliminate your worries and keep you garnered in the interesting journey and history of Dory.

I give the film four out of five stars.

Great job, Ellen, you rocked it!

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  1. Oh Wow Deepika, I have secretly been waiting for your review on this movie! 😉 As you know, both of us are huge fans and I saw it too! I have to say that I agree with your thoughts on Finding Dory as compared to Finding Nemo in that they could have done much more with the characters, especially with her new friends like the beluga whale who is Phil from the show Modern Family 😛 😀 So hilarious! However, watching Dory and listening to Ellen made me smile and laugh the entire time, she never lets us down that’s for sure. I give it a four out of five too!! ❤ Did you watch it until after the credits rolled because there was a little something at the very, very end…. her fish friends from the dentist office fish tank in Finding Nemo came rolling by in the water in their respective baggies tied up with algae growing on them! 😀 😛

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    1. Oh my God, really?? 😀 I didn’t see till the end of the credits because we left halfway through it 😀 Damn, wish I saw that! I seriously wished the Tank Gang would make an appearance in Finding Dory, you know, they’re plain crazy and awesome! Lol, remember Mount Wannahackaloogie and the way they go ‘Sharkbait, ooh haahaa!!’ XD That little blue fish who mistakes her reflection for her sister would have added more comic relief had she been in Finding Dory and she kept getting confused while guiding Dory XD
      And you’re the one I waited for to read my review, Jen! ❤ I'm so happy to know you share the same views as me 😀 You're absolutely right, Ellen automatically creates a smile on our faces. Dory is Ellen and Ellen is Dory ❤ I adored baby Dory, wasn't she so cute? The shark whale was funny with her banging headlong into everything and I liked the beluga too, but yeah, like I said, there weren't any depths to their characters 😀 And I'm a huge admirer of the background score in Finding Nemo too ❤ The music when Marlin finds the last but damaged egg, East Australian Current cruise, Field Trip, when the news about Marlin travels, during the whale ride … they just imprinted themselves into my heart the moment I heard them ❤ You know, I listen to Finding Nemo BGM while writing too 😀 I've had many inspirations from it ❤

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      1. Hahaha..Deepika you are so colorful with your descriptions of everything I just love your writing!! ❤ Now you will have to go back and see this movie again and stay just a little bit longer 😉 What you said about the background score in Finding Nemo was so beautiful and I completely agree with you that the music really adds inspiration to an already inspiring scene. I wish Finding Dory had more of that too and how lovely you listen to that music as you write. And the Tank Gang, OMG yes they should have made an appearance throughout because there were so many funny personalities in there. Baby Dory was a cutie pie ❤ Ellen's voice even when she's not being funny is hilarious and Dory's blinking eyes are too much, I laugh just watching her!! 😀 When we meet we should watch both of these movies together, we will be rolling on the ground from laughing so hard!!!! 😀 You wrote an awesome review darling ❤

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        1. Yes, Jen, we definitely will watch both movies together! 😀 ❤ We'll have so much fun! Aww, I'm so glad you liked the review ❤ The Tank Gang would have cracked us up with their constant presence in the movie XD And remember that pelican, Nigel? He was one awesome character too 😀 And those seagulls that chant 'Mine, Mine, Mine!' XD God, no matter how many times I watch Finding Nemo, it never fails to get me laughing throughout. Ellen imprinted herself into our hearts the moment Dory crashed into Marlin ❤ Can't wait for the day I'll meet you, Jen, we have so many things to fangirl over and a lot of things to share 😀 ❤ Hugs and kisses! ❤

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          1. Ok it’s a date! When we meet it’s movie time 😀 OMG yes how could I forget Nigel and the chanting seagulls “Mine, Mine, Mine…..Mine” Hahahaha! Deepika you have inspired me to watch Finding Nemo again so I’ll watch it tonight just to re live those funny scenes you’ve described and to hear the inspiring music again. ❤ Lots of hugs and kisses back to you my sweet friend ❤ ❤

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  2. How’d we know how she can read English?!?!
    And I missed the Tank Gang too! 😦
    And I hate the four out of five. 😐

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    1. She remembers reading the octopus fun fact about three hearts in front of the Ocean View, remember? 😀 ❤ And I had to give only four 😥

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      1. I’m not commenting anymore on the four. :/
        And that still doesn’t explain HOW she knows to read, does it?

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        1. Lol, okay 😀 Maybe she read it when she was little, you know 😀 And the knowledge to read remained with her to prove helpful for P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney 😀

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  3. Sweetie finally you told know Ellen rocked nu, but actually you only rocked hats off to you bae because you only describes wonderfully about this movie it was very colourful and delight and my eyes become very chill after seeing this pictures and videos. Wow wow aqua colour itself it gives a chill and cool to our eyes in that colourful and beautiful fishes soooooooo amazing to see that….
    Specially i like all that characters names Dory, Nemo, Marlin,adrenaline etc. And Especially, i liked the Dory motto JUST KEEP SWIMMING!!!!!! .Plus i loved the last pic very much. Moreover, i didnt saw this type of Disney movies and all sweetie but now i like to watch this kind of movies and all bae its all because of you my dear darling INTROVERT GIRL !!!!!!!

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    1. Haha. Awww, thank you so much, darling ❤ And I already promised to make you watch every fantastic Disney movie out there, so be ready 😉

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  4. atthematinee says:

    I really loved reading this! Have you shared your writing on any movie sites before? 🙂

    Samuel

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    1. Hi, Sam, thank you so much for saying that 😀 But no, I haven’t written anywhere else 😀

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      1. atthematinee says:

        My pleasure! That’s cool, is it something you’d be interested? I’d love to help you get your writing up on Moviepilot. Let me know 🙂 samuel.harries@moviepilot.com

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        1. Thank you, that’s kind of you 🙂 I don’t actually do movie reviews much, only once in a blue moon 😀 If I do another one, I’ll let you know 🙂

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          1. atthematinee says:

            Oh cool! Yeah absolutely let me know 🙂

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  5. Setting my Tone says:

    Great read! Check out my ‘Finding Dory’ review. https://settingmytone.com/2016/07/08/finding-dory-ellen-did-not-disappoint/

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    1. Thank you so much! I’ll check out your review right away 🙂

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    2. Just read it, you have given an excellent review 🙂

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      1. Setting my Tone says:

        Thank you so much!😊

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  6. I can’t wait for this one to hit redbox. @tipsyreview we’re big fans of disney and pixar.
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  7. cinephile says:

    I loveeee this movie….and I loveeeed ur review as well!!! Keep up the great work…and if u can spare time ..please check my movie reviews as well(m a rookie here) 😀

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    1. Thank you very much! I’ll check your reviews as soon as I can 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Sara McIntyre says:

    Hi! I love your blog. Im new to the blogging scene and would really appreciate it if you could check out my blog. I review films like the movie nerd that I am. Any feedback would be awesome and greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
    reelviewsbysara.wordpress.com

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    1. Hi, Sara, welcome to my blog 🙂 Thank you so much! I’ll definitely check your reviews out 🙂 Have a nice day.

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      1. Sara McIntyre says:

        Thank you so much. I can’t wait for more of your posts.

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        1. Thank you so much, Sara 🙂

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  9. moviemeal says:

    Love the review, Haven’t actually got a chance to see the movie yet. I just started a movie review blog myself for college and I am graded on interaction so I would love if you could give it look and give me advice/feedback :). Thanks
    https://moviemeal.wordpress.com/

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    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by and for enjoying the review. You’ll enjoy the movie as well. I’ll definitely check out your reviews 🙂

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  10. Leen says:

    Great review! Haven’t watched it tho 😐

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    1. Thank you, Leen 🙂 Please watch it soon, you’ll enjoy it 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the reblog!

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