Friday, June 17, 2016

Movie Review: Finding Dory

*My daughter and I were invited to a screening of this movie. We were not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are ours and ours alone. 

After many, many years of waiting, Finding Dory is finally here! Vivian (recently turned 7 years old) and I had the chance to check it out at a screening this past Monday. And we loved it! Before I go into all the thoughts she and I had, here's the scoop on this movie.

Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his echolocation skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

We saw this movie at our local science museum, on a true IMAX screen, in 3D. So we pretty much felt like we were actually in the ocean and at the Marine Life Institute with the characters in the movie. Movie technology has gotten seriously impressive! Finding Dory is preceded by an adorable short movie called Piper, which we both found absolutely delightful and charming. It was a lovely way to start our movie watching experience.

As is true with SO many animated movies, the beginning is a bit emotional and does a good job of both introducing Dory and tugging at your heartstrings. From there the movie is off on an adventure, as Dory slowly remembers more about her life before Nemo and journeys to find her family. In my opinion, the "septopus" Hank, absolutely stole the show with his clever tricks and disguises. All the other supporting characters are also entertaining. I appreciated the laughs in with the more serious parts of the movie. Vivian cried once near the end of the movie, but as the movie moved on, she quickly recovered and was back to laughing and smiling. There were no parts in the movie that frightened her, which I was happy about.

All in all, this is a fun and sweet movie about friendship, teamwork, family and appreciating one's own strengths, even when they might not look like everyone else's. Both Vivian and I give this movie our biggest thumbs up and recommend that you see it soon!