Finding Dory Movie Review (With Spoilers)

I am obsessed with the Disney Movie Finding Nemo, even if I am 15 years old. I have loved Nemo everything. I wanted a clown fish (which I got), I wanted a stuffed animal, sheets, everything. When I found out that there was going a few years ago, I freaked out because I have been waiting for a second movie. At first, I thought I was never going to be able to see the movie in theaters but since our theater does $5 movies on Tuesdays, we went to see it. I am so happy that I went to see it because I really loved it!

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Title: Finding Dory

Director: Andrew Stanton

Released: June 17, 2016

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.

The Cast:
  • Ellen DeGeneres as Dory
  • Albert Brooks as Marlin
  • Hayden Rolence as Nemo
  • Ed O’Neill as Hank
  • Diane Keaton as Jenny
  • Eugene Levy as Charlie
  • Kaitlin Olson as Destiny
  • Ty Burrell as Bailey
  • Idris Elba as Fluke
  • Dominic West as Rudder
  • Bob Peterson as Mr. Ray
  • Andrew Stanton as Crush
  • Bennett Dammann as Squirt
  • Bill Hader as Stan
  • Kate McKinnon as Stan’s fish wife
  • Sigourney Weaver as herself
  • Alexander Gould as Passenger Carl
  • John Ratzenberger as Bill
  • Torbin Xan Bullock as Gerald
  • Katherine Ringgold as a chickenfish
  • Angus MacLane as Charlie Back-and-Forth
  • Willem Dafoe as Gill
  • Brad Garrett as Bloat
  • Allison Janney as Peach
  • Austin Pendleton as Gurgle
  • Stephen Root as Bubbles
  • Vicki Lewis as Deb
  • Jerome Ranft as Jacques
Favorite Scene:

I love the scene when Dory and Hank are driving the truck, trying to get the sea animals back to the ocean. I think the one reason I love the scene so much is the part when Dory tells Hank that he needs to do something crazy so they drive right past the police, flipping the truck into the ocean. It’s funny to think that it wasn’t the first time that Dory directed Hank in directions, the first time was when he was ‘driving’ the baby stroller, which was really funny too.

Baby Dory:

Yes, Baby Dory gets her own little section because she was just too cute. I have been wanting a Blue Tang for a while, but they get too big for our fish tank, so when I saw what a young blue tang fish looked like, my heart melted. It is adorable. Take a minute and just look at her! She’s too cute.

Dory’s story as a kid is really cute and sweet. Dory is an only child, so she got all the attention from her parents. Her parents were protective over her, since she has short term memory loss. Her parents made her life really easy so if she doesn’t remember how to get home, she has a way to get home. The word is shells. Dory had a path of shells to lead her back home, which is one of the ways that Dory finds her parents as an adult. Her parents also teach her these songs to help her remember things like to keep out of some of the grass, and the most iconic song, “Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming…” Dory ask for help from any fish that she could find until she gets to the point she doesn’t remember that she is looking for her parents. It’s gets really emotional when Dory goes back to the place that she lived as a kid and she remembers that she is the reason that her family is gone. She thinks that if she wouldn’t have gone into the pipes that her family would still be there.

Dory goes on this big trip just to find her parents. She meets this one couple who tries to help her until she swims away. On her journey, she meets all these other fish who try to help her but she can’t tell them any about herself or her parents. At one point, you see Dory, in a shell, singing to herself the Just Keep Swimming song. Your heart will literally melt. It isn’t until you see Dory, as an adult fish, that you start to recognize the plot line. Dory, who is still looking for something, but she can’t remember, sees a boat. Marlin, Nemo’s dad, comes into the plot, with Dory and him running into each other, which brings you back to the plot of Finding Nemo. 

The Message:

There is a really strong message in this movie, that really stood out to me. The message to me was: No matter what life brings you, there will always be someone by your side. I feel like the message was highlighted in both Finding Nemo and Finding Nemo.

In Finding Nemo, Nemo gets taken to the Dentist, and picked to be given to the dentist’s niece. Marlin is determined to find his son, with him saying, “I got to find my son,” many times in the film. The thing is, Marlin is alone at the beginning of his hunt. Marlin runs into Dory, who later joins him in the hunt for his son. Dory is the one that helps him when he finds the goggles with the address on it. If it wasn’t for Dory, Marlin would have never found Nemo, and Nemo would still be looking for his dad, since it was Dory that took Nemo to Marlin.

Finding Dory on the other hand is Dory trying to find her family. Dory is helping the Stingray teach the lesson when the class start talking about where they come from. One of the classmates ask Dory about her home when she remembers that she needs to look for them. Nemo and Marlin follow her to the Drop Off when she says that she needs to find her family. Nemo and Marlin agree to help her find her family, since she helped with finding Nemo. When Nemo gets hurt, Marlin gets mad at Dory and tells her to the side and forget about everything since that is what she does best. Well, Dory is taken into the Marine Institute, which she learns is her home. From there, she meets Hank, who ends up being one of her best friends by the end of the movie. Dory meets her old friend Destiny and Destiny’s side friend Bailey, who end up helping her safe the other animals. If it wasn’t for all the help from the people by Dory’s side, she would have ended up in Cleveland. If it wasn’t for Dory, Hank would have ended up in Cleveland, unhappy with his life.

The Tank Gang:

Remember at the end of Finding Nemo, the fish of the Dentist fish tank get out into the ocean? Did you ever wonder what happened to them? I know I did. Well, if you go watch it really soon, you need to stay past the end credits. At the end of the credits, it shows what happened to them.

What truly happens to them is still a mystery to me because my mom did not believe me when I said that there was going to be a second ending, so we left. I had a feeling that there was going to be another ending but we still left. Once I got home, I googled if there was a second ending and there was, so I decided to read up on it.

The Tank Gang is still in the ocean, in their plastic bags. The made their way to the Marine Institute, where they are taken in and placed into the exhibit.

I would have loved to see them since I really loved Gill from the Tank so I was hoping I would see them in Finding Dory. But, knowing me, I will watch the movie again, and I will watch this ending and see some original fish characters.

Should Kids Be The Only One That Should Watch It?

Yes, the movie is a Disney movie, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from going and seeing it. At the time I went to go see it, there was more people over 15 seeing it than young kids. To be totally honest, if I was 30 and the movie just came out, I would have seen it, with or without kids. The movie, in my opinion, is directed to the teenagers in the world. It shows that you can do whatever you put your mind to, or as Dory says it, Just Keep Swimming. The movie has aspects that I feel older people would catch onto, and remember, more than younger kids. Anyone should feel free to go and watch it, and enjoy the film.

My Rating:

I gave the movie a 4.5 out a 5 for a few things. The movie had amazing writing and had a beautiful, dramatic plot to it. The characters, the old and new ones, are spectacular. The director placed the characters in the best scenes that they really fit into. The message was amazing, and so spoken out to me. Everything was planned out great, but a few things. 

Firstly, you could have guessed that Dory was going to find her parents, and somehow it was going to involve shells. The whole movie was Dory trying to find her parents, so why would Disney plan a movie around a whole ‘parents are gone, they are dead so don’t go looking for them’? It was just a sitting and wait for when Dory was going to find them. Secondly, I thought that there would be a little more Nemo and Marlin in the movie. The movie is the sequel to Finding Nemo, so I thought that Nemo would be at least more in the movie than what he was. But other than that, I really enjoyed the movie. 

Finding Nemo 3?

Could there be a third one in this line of movies? I personally would love to see an another one of these movies. Like my sister said to me, walking out of the theater, should Marlin and Dory get married? Marlin and Dory are two different species of fish but they could get married and life a happy life since Marlin gets along and understands Dory. On the plus side, Nemo already like Dory. I don’t know how old Marlin and Dory are so I couldn’t say if they are close in age but it would be really cool if they did get together. The director of the film, Andrew Stanton has stated that never is not an option and that it could happen in the future years.

Have you seen Finding Dory, or at least Finding Nemo? How much do you like Disney movies? What is your favorite Disney movie? Let me know in the comments all the thoughts you had while you either read this or saw the movie!

Just Keep Reading,

 ❤ Ann


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