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Movie Review: Finding Dory

July 11, 2016 Karianne 2 min read No Comments

Sure, I consider myself a movie critic, even though I tend to like movies that most critics hate. Like Jupiter Ascending, Warcraft, and even Garfield…all of them I’ve enjoyed.

Now, we get to add Finding Dory to the list.

I’ll admit, it’s not as good as Finding Nemo. There’s little to no character progression. And Dory never seems to be in any “real danger,” as one of my friends put it (yes, he is a guy).

But if we just look a little deeper, there’s plenty about in Finding Dory that make this movie enjoyable.

And it starts before the movie even starts! If you’ve seen the most adorable animated short, but you haven’t seen ‘Piper‘, my friend, you haven’t seen the most adorable animated short.

Marlan and Nemo don’t have the best written lines in this film, but we still see the over-protective dad and wiser-than-his-father relationship emerge…MOVING ON. We also get to meet new characters with lovable personality quirks:

  • the literally and emotionally elusive octopus (I mean septopus)
  • a legally blind whale
  • a beluga
  • and a seal with a bucket

I love them all.

And as for my friend’s comment of “no real danger”…Every time Dory was alone, there was a HUGE danger of her getting lost and never ever *eeeever* finishing the movie…Seriously though. Although Dory was not in physical danger, her short term memory made even the little, seemingly safe, situations become dangerous.

So if we think about it from Dory’s perspective, this movie holds even more potentially-detrimental situations than Finding Nemo.

Report Card: Finding Dory
Characters: B-
Animation/Acting: A+
Plot: C+
Overall Score: B

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Karianne is the founder of Windmill Ways. She plays the cello professionally and currently works as an Art Director for a charity. Because she loves animated shows and kids movies, she finished her BFA in 3D Animation with the class of 2020. Her dream vacation would be just staying home, but "home" being a glamorous cabin somewhere in the mountains surrounded by forest.

Favorite band: Lord Huron
Favorite book: This Present Darkness
Favorite quote: "Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail." Proverbs 19:20-21 (NLT)

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