Movie Review – Finding Dory

back to our favorite underwater story

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by Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane

‘The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.’ (IMDb) (by Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane, 97 min.)

Finding Nemo was one of my favourites movies back in the day. The story of the young Nemo losing himself in the big ocean and then his father who went on an amazing journey to find him and take him back home. This simple, loveable story, touched millions of people, so it came as no surprise that they were making a sort of sequel, this time from Dory her perspective.

It did take some time, because they wanted to perfect it and give us the story that’s worth going back into the deep blue sea. And I’m actually glad they took their time. Rather than pushing through and just giving us the new movie without really caring what kind of story they were putting out there, they took their time to tell a story worth telling and worth taking out some of our favourite characters.

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Now for my review. It’s a nice story. It’s funny. Dory is as cute as ever. Sometimes I did wonder how one fish can be so damn lucky the entire time. That was my overall feeling. How lucky Dory is the whole movie to find the right people at the right time, finding herself in the aquarium where her parents live and just hopping from one problem into the next, finding one solution and then the next. It all felt a tiny little bit convenient.

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But it’s nicely done though. We find our favorite characters again. Marlin and Nemo are on a journey, together this time, to find Dory and bring her home. Dory is on her own way, where we meet some new characters.

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One of my new favourite pairings are Destiny and Bailey. I actually like their chemistry, the way they interact. You see that they’ve known each other for a long time and that they started to care for each other in the way they occasionally bicker.

Overall I feel it didn’t live entirely up to the original, but it was a nice feel-good movie that made me laugh and a nice sequel as well. 

7/10 stars.