Flash Movie Review: Finding Dory

The older I get the harder it is for me to remember the last time we were together. I at least remember where we met, it was in the city of Denver, I just cannot come up with the year. He met me at the airport; as I walked outside to the loading area, I saw them standing off to the side of the entrance. If I had not known he was coming to get me I might have overlooked him. He was an older version of the image I had of him in my mind. Perched now on his face were aviator style glasses, looking large on his oval shaped face. There was not a lot of hair on his head, but there never was to tell you the truth. However, what hair he still had now was all gray with wisps of white. Despite these changes as soon as we got in his car for the ride back to his house, it felt like very little time had passed since we last met. We picked up right where we left off as we talked about our families, jobs, health and everything else that was on our mind. This was the norm for our relationship presently since he moved to a different city. I felt fortunate that we were able to feel this continuation in our friendship despite the lack of time spent hanging out together. The funny thing about this is when we do finally meet up we are reminded how good it feels to share some time with each other. I felt the same way about this animated, adventure comedy. Β  Β THIRTEEN years have passed and though afflicted with short term memory loss Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres (The Love Letter, The Ellen Show), suddenly remembered she had a family. She had to find them. As I said just before I did not realize how much I missed Dory with Ellen’s incredible comedic timing. Along with Albert Brooks (Drive, Defending Your Life) as Marlin, Ed O’Neill (The Bone Collector, Married with Children-TV) as Hank and Kaitlin Olson (The Heat, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia-TV) as Destiny; many of the characters were memorable, aided by the magnificent visuals all around them. The weak link to this sequel was the script. I found the humor and drama did not have a lot of variance; there were only chuckles instead of laughs, with very few attention grabbing dramatic scenes. But what made this movie stand out was the way the writers addressed the characters with special needs. I thought this was a brilliant way to introduce children to the topic and showed it was not a scary or bad thing. Kudos to the writers for making this issue a part of the story. In spite of the few issues I had with the script, overall the film was well worth seeing on the big screen. Before the picture started there was a sweet, charming short film that I totally enjoyed. Then make sure you stay through the fun credits for the extra scene at the very end. After seeing Dory again I hope it will not be another 13 years before I see her again.


3 1/4 stars



About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 20, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I can’t wait to see this! I absolutely LOVED Finding Nemo, and Dory was actually my favorite character in that movie. “Just keep swimming…” πŸ™‚

  2. I like the way you weave your own memories into your reviews. This makes them even more vibrant and alive. This film suits it perfectly. Love this parallel synchronization!

  3. Our whole family adored this film. One regret…we left during the closing credits and missed what i hear is an extremely funny finish.

  4. Time never affects true friendship, right? πŸ™‚

  5. Dang it! We did not stay through the entire credits so clearly missed a scene. I must admit that I was very cynical in advance of seeing this movie. Pixar sequels are mixed in terms of quality and the trailers did not showcase the movie very well at all. I, therefore, enjoyed it far more than I anticipated. I absolutely loved the madcap finale and there were a few standout scenes and, of course, the characters were sweet. However, I agree with you that it was more about chuckles than laughs, not having the same impact as Finding Nemo.

    • Oh bummer on you missing the extra scene. So glad you were able to see this on the big screen. I just finished a news article on special things they were able to do with the special effects that they could not do 13 years ago because the technology was not there. Thanks for telling me your thoughts.

  6. hahaha glad this wasn’t a disappointment! I was wondering how it would do but I haven’t had a chance to watch it myself. When I find time, I’ll definitely give this a try! Thanks for the review!

  7. Great blog

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