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Finding Dory Movie Review

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I reviewed Central Intelligence earlier this week after catching an early screening for the film, so it’s time to discuss the one I was probably looking more forward to, Finding Dory! Even though it isn’t my favorite Disney Pixar film, I really love Finding Nemo. I think it has one of the most emotionally compelling stories in the Pixar world, and I think that Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres were perfectly cast in their roles. I was excited to see them back for Finding Dory, but I was a little bit worried about Dory carrying her own movie. I didn’t want her to be annoying or to carry a similar story as the first one, but I was still happy that a movie in my top five Pixar films was getting a sequel. Let’s review Finding Dory!

Finding Dory is directed by Andrew Stanton and stars Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, and Hayden Rolence. When Dory, a fish who suffers from short-term memory loss, starts to have visions and recollections of her parents, she decides that she must go across the ocean to find her family. She reunites with old friends and finds herself in scenarios that she may have not expected, and with Marlin and Nemo right by her side, she may come closer to finding her family than she could have ever imagined.

Does Pixar make bad movies? They don’t, do they? I mean, there isn’t one that I think has been a glaring error in their filmography. The only two that I haven’t actively sought out for my personal movie collection are Cars 2 and The Good Dinosaur, and I don’t even think that those are terrible movies, so I don’t think think that Pixar can fail. They have rattled off some of my favorite movies of all time, and it blows me away. They did it again. I really, really liked Finding Dory. Just as all Pixar movies do, Finding Dory appeals to an audience of every age. This movie has jokes that can appeal to both kids and adults, and some of the jokes and writing are absolutely brilliant. It’s something that you can connect with on an emotional and personal level, and it’s such an intelligent movie. It is also so great for kids and showcases the importance of family and adventure as well as the acceptance of yourself and finding out who you are. Also, I don’t think anyone can argue that this movie is perfectly animated. All Pixar movies are so incredibly animated, and Finding Dory is no different. The attention to detail is so amazing, and the consistency and the effort blow my mind. I also really loved watching Dory figure out who she is. I actually found it very compelling, and with one of my biggest fears of the movie being Dory’s inability to carry a movie, my fears were completely unjustified. So much happened in this movie, and I was totally on board the entire way. It was so well-paced, and it was so fast-paced that there were no dull moments. The movie is constantly moving forward, and in the words of Dory, it just keeps swimming.

The only problem with Finding Nemo being in my top five favorite Pixar movies is that I am going to hold the sequel to the first movie’s standard. Unfortunately, I didn’t think that Finding Dory had the emotional push and pull that Finding Nemo had. I don’t get emotional in many movies, but I was ready to in Finding Nemo, and even though there is plenty of emotion and connection in this movie, it still does not quite live up to Finding Nemo, in my opinion, emotionally or in terms of the story. My only other gripe was that I thought it was a little bit predictable. I’m not trying to brag or anything, and I didn’t see every step of the way before it happened, but there are some points in this movie where some tension is trying to be built, and I didn’t feel it because I knew what was going to happen. It was still a strong story, but it was a little bit predictable.

Overall, I really loved Finding Dory. I would definitely suggest checking it out, and I think that it is a perfect movie for all ages to check out and adore almost as much as the original, Finding Nemo. I thought that the voice cast did a really amazing job, and Andrew Stanton continues to tell great stories with great characters. Dory actually did a great job carrying her own movie, and her story about finding her family is incredibly compelling. I didn’t quite like it as much as I liked Finding Nemo, and it’s not going to crack my top five Pixar movies, but this is still  an awesome movie and has something for every audience. I’m going to give Finding Dory an 8/10.

Have you had the chance to check out Finding Dory yet? If you have, what did you think? Comment and let me know! I also have a review out for Central Intelligence, which is also being released this week, so if you would like to see that you can click right HERE! If you got the chance to see Central Intelligence, let me know what you thought of that as well! Next week there will be a few reviews including ones for The Shallows, Independence Day: Resurgence, and Neon Demon, so be sure to stay tuned for those! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!


Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at [email protected]