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My Review of Finding Dory · 1:13am Nov 27th, 2021

Rating Scale:

12/10—a complete masterpiece; flawless and outstanding
11/10—Excellent, near-perfect film
10/10—the standard rating; awesome film with a couple of flaws
9/10—a wonderful film with several flaws
8/10–a great film with numerous flaws but not enough to ruin it
7/10—a fun and entertaining movie; not great but still enjoyable
6/10—a slightly above average film; it is something I might watch again
5/10—mediocre movie; not awful but not great either
4/10—a below average film; it could have been much better
3/10—a bad film; poorly written and poorly executed
2/10—a very bad movie; the few good things in the movie overshadowed by the bad things
1/10—a terrible movie; a total waste of time
0/10—a worthless piece of abomination; should have never been made

Greetings, everyone. This is Mr. J back with another movie review for our Disney Friday. This evening, I will be reviewing a Disney Pixar installment entitled Finding Dory, following the events of the first movie Finding Nemo. It’s been a while since I have seen this movie to be honest. While it is not as adventurous and fun as the first movie was, this was nonetheless an entertaining movie as it focuses now on Dory, who was the third main character from the first film. I don’t know about you guys, but this film felt like it was trying too hard to make me like her as a character.

Just like how Mater was the main character in Cars 2, Dory was somewhat more annoying than she was in Finding Nemo. Granted, a backstory is given to her and we see her childhood in display prior to her growing up and meeting with Marlin. I do admit it was nice to see what her parents were like and how sweet and supportive they were of her. In fact, I thought they were handled pretty well in this movie and actually shows us how parents should treat their children that have a disability (in Dory’s case, she has short-term memory loss).

However, despite the fact this is Dory’s movie, I really wish Nemo was given more screen-time and have him interact more with Dory. Something about their interaction and character chemistry is something I think should be developed more and it has some potential to be amazing in my humble opinion.

Despite my issues with this movie, I did like the new characters this film introduced to us. I liked Hank, Destiny, and Bailey to be precise. Their dynamic personalities were well-written, and their lines of dialogue were both solid and hilarious at times. Props to Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, and Ty Burrell for their excellent vocal performances for their respective characters.

The direction Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane took for this movie wasn't something that was profound and unique like how the former did with Lee Unkrich, but it was a decent move that they made for this installment. So props also to those two gentlemen for the hard work they put into this movie alongside Victoria Strouse and the animators.

The music and soundtrack by Thomas Newman was fairly decent but not memorable though. The cinematography was great, and the story was intriguing enough with its simplicity.

Lastly, this movie shows us that no matter how old you get and wherever you go, there will always be places that will remind you of the childhood that you had before and all the good times you have spent with your family. Especially when you have parents who love and care for you deeply. So yeah, Dory’s story was pretty interesting and all, but her character could have been less annoying. At least this film maintained the spirit and the heart the first movie had unlike Cars 2.

Overall, it’s not one of my favorite movies, but it was still a very fun adventure with solid entertainment. Thus, I give it a 7/10.


Comments ( 3 )

I like this movie since we learn more about Dory since we didn't get much of her backstory in the first movie

I agree that this movie wasn’t as good as “Finding Nemo”, that’s for sure.

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